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What is Cloud ERP?

Cloud ERP accounting software has been gaining traction as the future of business systems. But why? Years ago, companies developed custom Microsoft Access or Filemaker databases or they created complex Excel spreadsheets to track and report on information that couldn't be managed using their existing business applications. Many people joke that Excel is the most popular business software in the world, but it’s probably true, just think about what you can do with common database and spreadsheet applications:
  • Inventory tracking
  • Budgeting
  • Forecasting
  • Reporting
Cloud ERP Software
  • Project management
  • Financial analysis
  • Time & Expense tracking
  • Estimating & Quoting
However, there are two fundamental problems with custom databases and spreadsheets – isolation and standardization:

Isolation

So you have a custom Access database, custom Filemaker database, or spreadsheet. That’s great, but how do you share the application or the information with people outside your network? Can remote employees, customers, suppliers, or other people quickly and securely access this information? By taking your data to the cloud you are able to share it with anyone, anywhere regardless of their physical location or their access to a specific business system. If they can get to the Internet then you can share information with them through a secured log-in.

Standardization

Moving your custom Access database, custom Filemaker database, or critical spreadsheets to the cloud allows you to standardize the business applications. We take your underlying database structure, formulas and calculations, and apply best practices in software development to redesign a standard system which provides you the same functionality you have today, most often with increased reporting capabilities and additional functionality. In addition, we support and maintain your system so you don’t have to worry about losing that one person who knows your system inside-and-out.

Enter Cloud ERP Accounting Software

Cloud ERP is designed from the ground-up to run in a web browser connected to a hosted database. The ERP data is either hosted in a shared database (multi-tenant) with other company’s data or in a dedicated hosted database (single tenant or private cloud). You can think of multi-tenancy in respect to online banking. Your bank account information is likely stored in a database with hundreds or thousands of other customers, but when you log in you only see your data. Cloud or SaaS ERP is typically sold as a subscription as opposed to an outright purchase of a perpetual license to the software. This pricing model typically reduces up-front investment costs. However, there is little reduction in the implementation costs which are about the same for premise, hosted, or cloud products which still need to be configured with data migration and end-user training.
Epicor Express Cloud ERP

What Cloud ERP Solutions are Available?

Epicor Express is the strongest, most affordable Cloud ERP option for smaller businesses. Epicor Express is an on-demand cloud ERP, leveraging core functionality that has been in use and proven at thousands of customer sites over the past 25 years. Epicor ERP in the cloud combines the rich feature set of Epicor ERP (built on decades of industry experience and wisdom, and used by thousands of companies globally) with the business and technical benefits of cloud deployment. Epicor Express is an ideal solution for assembly, make to stock, make to order, engineer to order, job shop , and mixed-mode manufacturers as well as distributors requiring order fulfillment, inventory and warehouse management, and sales kitting or light assembly. Click here to learn more about Epicor Express ERP
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