More than a year after the Pandemic started, things are hopefully getting back to a real normal. Vaccines are going into arms, state governments are easing lockdowns, and businesses are looking at 2021 as their onramp to regular operations.
A Volatile Road Ahead
Knowing this, things are still a bit volatile. After all, it’s hard to build a financial model on the past year, making budgeting, planning, and operations decisions much more unreliable. Five-year strategic plans were derailed, supply chains are still a bit fragile, and planning windows have shortened without a basis for comparison.
This requires business leaders to rethink the way their businesses operate, fighting to become more agile, better informed, and ready for the unknown. Whether it’s adapting to the micro trends, the macro trends, or the global ones, you’re going to need the right information to get up to speed in a new competitive environment. But this begs the question—will you have this information?
For too many businesses relying on outdated technology, the answer is a firm …Maybe?
Unfortunately, now is a time where ambiguity is deadly. No matter how skilled your staff is, if they’re spending most of their days trying to calculate data, process transactions, and close the books, others in the organization are waiting. This leaves the business as a whole exposed. Money could go to the wrong initiatives, payment delays could result in penalties, and leaders could find themselves blindsided by the competition.
Like driving on a fog-covered highway, the business without information is struggling to see what’s ahead of it. Often, legacy software is to blame—and the past year has shown this.
Today’s business needs real time accurate information, securely accessible from anywhere.
Upgrading to the Cloud: Easier than Legacy and Mission Critical in 2021
Upgrade—for legacy users, admins, and IT staff, is one of those words that makes you cringe. Upgrades are costly. They’re time consuming. They’re annoying. Things break. If you’re like a lot of firms using legacy software, you’re probably not even caught up on updates—let alone upgrades.
This is rooted in the software’s design. Legacy products were built at a time when everything was customized, businesses could survive with limited connectivity, and these products were the only option. Perpetual licensing was simply the way things worked. On-premises architecture was the only thing available. Code bases were hard to access.
But today, things have changed. Now you can get something to work the way your business needs without extensive and fragile customization. Integration is easy. Total costs are low and predictable. Businesses can now find a software fit with little risk and maximum benefit—delivered in a user-friendly and always-current manner.
Why a Cloud Upgrade is the Last Upgrade You’ll Ever Need
Able to provide fast and low-risk implementations, lower cost of ownership, and secure, accessible software, cloud solutions offer the right product at the right price.
Whether you’re committed to making the cloud jump or unsure of whether you want to make another low-value legacy upgrade to help you handle the next five or so years, we recently created a whitepaper to help you. Titled The Last ERP Upgrade You’ll Ever Need, our free guide answers all the most pressing questions you have about cloud ERP, discussing:
- How businesses can’t afford to rely on stale information to handle fresh challenges.
- Why mobility is more important than ever—even if you’re returning to the office.
- The well-known and likely unbudgeted costs of a legacy upgrade.
- The top six reasons why the cloud is your best choice for whatever’s next.