Enterprise Resource Planning in the Cloud: Addressing The Cons

Sep 15, 2011 12:00:00 AM


Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) in the Cloud is creating a lot of buzz among industry professionals – for both its ability to reduce costs and capability for rapid implementation.

But among the industry excitement lie some legitimate industry concerns – particularly among larger companies.

Eric Kimberling of Panorama Consulting surfaced the two largest concerns in a recent blog post: flexibility and security.  And while many small and mid-sized organizations are will to weigh these legitimate risks, some larger corporations remain on the fence.  Fortunately for these larger corporations, these risks are just as manageable as they are legitimate.

In regards to flexibility, while this is a valid concern, leading ERP software (like Microsoft Dynamics) is designed from the ground-up to provide the ability to cope with ever-changing markets.

For example, Microsoft Dynamics ERP is designed to encode knowledge in models to achieve expressiveness, conciseness, consistency, ease of understanding and ease of exchange. In addition, all third-party software, including modeling tools, are embedded in such a way that they can be exchanged. These features allow for flexibility even among large businesses in complex industries.

Security is perhaps the most common concern with the cloud. But even in surfacing this concern, Kimberling notes that it can be alleviated with the right Service Level Agreement – which any reputable vendor will be more than happy to accommodate.  Additionally, Microsoft Dynamics ERP provides – as one of its hallmarks – data confidentiality provisions according to CIA principles:

- Confidentiality: preventing disclosure to unauthorized individuals or systems.
- Integrity: data confidentiality cannot be modified without detection.
- Availability: systems always available, thus preventing service disruptions.

ERP in the Cloud is and will continue to be a buzzing topic among industry professionals.  And as with any buzzworthy topic, the pros and cons must be weighed and scrutinized to ensure it is the right solution for your organization.  I would be happy to help you weigh these pros and cons and address any additional concerns you have.  Please feel free to contact me through the To-Increase website.


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Luciano Cunha

Luciano Cunha

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) For Luciano, being responsible for To-Increase’s global sales and marketing means unleashing the company’s insight, innovation, and creativity to tell our story and help customers achieve their goals. On the road much of the time, he travels the world to meet with customers, understand their challenges and ambitions, and find the most effective ways to help them advance. Luciano develops and mentors our marketing and sales team, and creates strategies to help the To-Increase worldwide partner channel thrive and grow.
Making Customer Needs the Main Business Driver Luciano and his team have daily conversations with the To-Increase research and development organization to bring customers’ requirements and concerns into the road maps and design of our solutions. Luciano brings his insight to the marketing group to make sure the company’s communications resonate with customers and speak directly to their experience.
“I’m awed by customers’ innovative spirit in taking business management technology past its limits and by their generosity in letting us participate and empower them. I hope to transform our organization to become even more customer-centric than we are today. That means making more resources available to spend productive time with both our customers and partners, so we can ensure that we place into customer businesses effective solutions that fit the evolutionary stage of their operation and the way their people and processes work.”
Empowering a Global Channel
Because To-Increase only sells through partners, readying the channel to be successful in helping customers is a business-critical effort. Luciano aims to meet partners where their interests are. Partners who consider the relationship with To-Increase strategic can rely on our industry specialists to work with them as they plan their growth and serve customers. If partners prefer a less collaborative relationship, they still receive the rich To-Increase expertise and resources to ensure they win the business, perform a successful deployment, and retain a satisfied customer. In working with partners and their customers, Luciano brings to bear his experience of many years of creating successful, customer-focused business development and marketing strategies in many of the world’s countries and regions.
Enabling Customer Success in Challenging Business Environments
Looking into the near future, Luciano expects that customers will continue to expect To-Increase to help them make business sense of unfolding trends and technologies. For example, the internet of things (IoT) will thoroughly revolutionize manufacturing, engineering, and supply chains. Big data will be meaningful and valuable when decision-makers can use technology solutions to transform it into actionable business intelligence that supports key roles and business processes. Mobility will help companies become digital enterprises and move business processes forward from any location, at any time. Team To-Increase harnesses innovation to help customers translate the promise of these technologies into business results.
Before his current role, Luciano for several years was one of To-Increase’s global industry directors, responsible for our industry solutions. His experience also spans more than 17 years in IT and manufacturing management roles. These positions took him into various areas at IBM Brazil, serving as product manager for several software development companies, and included working in senior management at a manufacturing organization in the U.S.
Luciano is married with two young children. Away from work, he enjoys participating in a soccer class together with his son and daughter as well as taking relaxing walks in natural environments with his family.

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