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The Business Case for the Intelligent Enterprise

Digital business scenarios require the performance characteristics that only systems deployed in the cloud can offer. The ability to scale fast to meet changing or surging demand. The reliability of an enterprise-grade solution built with redundancy by dedicated professionals. Real-time responsiveness so everyone can access the same live version of business data. Efficiency in deployment and training through intuitive user interfaces that cut down on complexity. Support for rapid innovation and deployment of advanced capabilities based on streaming analytics and machine learning. And confidence in data integrity and backups to prevent lost productivity from system outages.

It’s likely that the core business drivers for adoption of Intelligent Cloud ERP apply to your business, and almost a certainty that the majority are important to your company’s future performance.

1. The business benefits of the “fit-to-standard” process model

Intelligent Cloud ERP brings your core processes in line with industry best practices through a fit-to-standard model. Rather than creating your own rules and building on an increasingly customized foundation, fit-to-standard brings processes into alignment with the most effective and efficient core business processes. It’s a major break from the complex, customized ERP implementations of years past. With a standardized core, you can better understand what you need to do and how to accomplish processes more efficiently, leaving you free to focus on moving faster and deploying technologies that truly differentiate you from the competition.

2. Speed to value through accelerated deployment and ease of use

When business is moving faster than ever, it’s essential that you have an intelligent core ERP that’s fast.

  • Fast to deploy: quickly implement your new system across the organization and bring your core processes on board, with implementation measured in weeks instead of months or years.

  • Fast to upgrade: regular upgrades and releases per year pushed through the cloud, enabling the deployment of new capabilities more rapidly than with an on-premises deployment.

  • Fast to adopt: simplicity of the user experience through the easy-to-use interface that takes lessons from the best of consumer-friendly applications, and full mobile capabilities to reach traveling staff and distributed workforces

3. Agile environments that power rapid innovation

Unlike developing custom extensions and programs for legacy ERP - where reliance on outdated languages and frameworks can lead to excess complexity and a shortage of talent - Intelligent Cloud ERP enables an agile test-and-learn culture. With the cloud framework, you can work in an environment that powers rapid innovation and low-cost, low-risk experimentation, while accelerating time-to-value in technology investments. This is helped by cloud SDKs that enable you to build and implement your own extensions without touching the underlying code.

4. Never falling behind on update cycles or missing new capabilities

When your system is a customized on-premise deployment, it’s standard to go years between upgrades. Updating your ERP can be held back by all the intricate and fragile integrations you run with other enterprise software. By contrast, Intelligent Cloud ERP can update multiple times per year and push out new capabilities based on the latest technologies, bringing your business benefits based on streaming analytics and machine learning that let you outpace the competition.

5. Scalability on demand for companies with fast growth or fluctuating needs

An ERP system based on your own provisioned servers brings a great deal of labor and risk when you need to expand. Further, businesses that have short but intense peaks of demand end up investing in hardware and software to meet the “high water mark” that leaves costly resources idle the rest of the time. And there is another type of scalability, one that powers future growth by supporting multiple languages, currencies, and internal business entities. In all these respects, Intelligent Cloud ERP provides scalability far beyond traditional ERP.

6. Future-proof your business by adopting the latest in machine learning and process automation improvements

Though machine learning and AI are relatively new to the enterprise, they hold tremendous potential. Software that learns from the people who use it and can predict what information they need in a given context is a force multiplier for every business function. In this way, Intelligent Cloud ERP is less a reactive platform that users direct and instead a living system that interacts and anticipates the needs of each user. It is challenging for on-premises ERP deployments to take full advantage of machine learning and AI because they are changing so fast — 2-3-year upgrade cycles are too slow to benefit from the latest advances. But when Intelligent Cloud ERP systems are updated multiple times per year, customers can be confident they will have access to the latest business-transforming technology.

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