Before they find themselves trying to fit square pegs in round holes after a project turns sour, companies need to exercise greater caution from the start to ensure that cloud ERP software can - and will continue to - facilitate ever-evolving business processes
Manufacturing firms - and small-to-midsize businesses in general - have been the earliest advocates for cloud ERP software, but industry observers suspect these agile platforms are set to expand their reach into entirely new arenas in the coming quarters.
Anyone who's ever found himself or herself embroiled in a complicated network of interconnected spreadsheets knows that business data can get confusing in a hurry. Compared to the simplicity of everyday consumer applications, many budgeting and forecasting software offerings can seem unnecessarily obtuse. That's why usability topped the list of considerations for CIOs choosing business intelligence technology.
A team of in-house auditors put it rather plainly in a report suggesting that the U.S. Army doesn't have a sound strategy for managing key ERP software assets, nor does it make full use of the technologies it has in place.