Cloud software benefits aren’t all in the cloud

Cloud application software vendors and industry pundits like to talk up the cost savings and benefits of these newer technologies. The benefit areas mentioned are becoming fairly well-known and oft-repeated. The four benefit areas most often touted involve the elimination of: infrastructure costs; maintenance activities; costly upgrades; and it staff headcount.

While these cost savings are real, tangible, and occur with most every cloud application software implementation, cost savings alone should not be the all-consuming, exclusive driver of change when implementing these new, cloud-based solutions. Why? As it turns out, underneath some of the newer products are capabilities, functionality and process changes that could deliver significant long-term value to your firm. But, if you approach your next ERP (or other cloud-based application software) implementation as something that must be done fast and mimic your existing on-premise solution’s functionality, process workflows, etc., you could be leaving significant benefits and value undiscovered.

This paper discusses these business change capabilities found in better, newer cloud solutions and why you must factor these into your next software project. When these new application solutions are combined with enabling technologies like mobile, social, big data, platforms, and the like, transformative benefit potential exists. These benefits are reserved for the companies that treat their cloud software implementation with more care, more planning and more of a full value realization focus.

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