When my wife and I were first married, like a lot of other younger couples, we began furnishing our new home via garage sales. The second time we went out together she fell in love with a large painting that would go perfectly with the couch we just bought. I asked the owner how much and she said, “$40”. I took a deep breath and said, “I can’t give you $40 but I will give you $25”. All of a sudden my wife blurts out, “Babe, the frame is worth more than that”!!! After a few moments of awkward silence and with the owner of the painting smiling, I turned to my wife and said, “We need to talk”.
The way we interact with our computers and the software they run has been evolving since the rise of the internet and mobile computing. As the technology has evolved we have seen web pages being built to act more like computers and computers being designed to work with the touch of your hand and the sound of your voice. This evolution is leading to higher productivity and efficiency when implemented properly by the publisher and the end user organization.
- Microsoft - As discussed in our previous blogpost, Microsoft has been moving online with its Office 365 and Dynamics 365. Many of these changes have been evolutionary and productive such as the ongoing enhancement of SharePoint and Flow for extending ERP to the web. However, some of the changes are more revolutionary like their recent April 2019 and upcoming October 2019 release wave of Microsoft Dynamics 365. In this next release Business Central will support only the modern client and will only allow for development of customizations and solutions in AL through VS Code. This means any customizations done by partners will need to be re-written and could cause some severe disruption to customers.
- Sage - Sage is leveraging the positive aspects of the Office 365 enhancements building its "connected cloud" strategy into the Outlook client. For example, Sage Contacts makes a variety of information about customers available as a sidebar for sales and customer service representatives without being in the Sage 100cloud system. As the majority of Sage applications are built to work on-premise or in the cloud, their strategy is to move at a slower pace and more conservative in nature. Sage Intacct is the only "true cloud" solution in its portfolio and Sage is developing more modules to expand this financial oriented product to appeal to a broader range of industries.
- SAP - The SAP appears to be taking both approaches. The SAP HANA Cloud is building interfaces similar to Microsoft Flow, the new version of SAP Business One being released in October will support the current Fiori user interface as well as a new web client for a sub-set of the core functionality. Even more impressive are the "intelligent enterprise" advancements demonstrated at the recent SMB Innovation Summit. Innovation such as the integration of Honeywell warehouse management system directs staff to specific locations to pick an order on their headset where they simply confirm information with their voice.
At I-Business Network, our goal is to Powerful Business Technology Made Simple. We do that by cloud enabling your business in a data center designed specifically for the ERP systems we host. Whether the technology is "true cloud" or more traditional, we make the user interface easy to use for you via browser, cloud application, or hosted desktop. Because we are experts in both the cloud and the business management software we host, we minimize business disruption caused by changes in technology.
For more information on how we can make your business more efficient contact one of our solution experts at 678-627-0646 x230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Changing business management software is not something companies or their employees look forward to. SAP Business One and the SAPDistribution Start Program provide clear benefits and rapid implementation
When it comes to Office Productivity Software, Microsoft Office remains the predominant player. Over the past few years Microsoft has been working hard to improve the functionality of its web based Office 365 Suite and is driving all users to subscription based pricing. ERP providers like Sage and SAP follow Microsoft closely and have been integrating the suite into their products in various ways.
Moving to the cloud isn’t about the money, it’s about optimizing your core business, increasing efficiency and effectiveness, driving new revenue and growth. When you think about it, the benefits are there:
SAP has been a leader in business management software, and they have maintained their leadership by staying ahead of trends to meet customer needs. The 2019 SAP SMB Innovation Summit held in Orlando June 18-20 was focused on how companies are starting to use big data, coupled with artificial intelligence to create the Intelligent Enterprise.
If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times, “I can’t afford a new ERP” or “I can’t afford to change ERPs”! When you add the cost of purchasing a couple of servers, racks to house the servers, backup systems, firewall and security, and hiring expertise to manage the equipment to the cost of implementing a new ERP system, it can get really expensive really fast. It can almost seem overwhelming to a lot of small business owners. Yet, the cost to implement a new ERP doesn’t have to be that overwhelming if you take an Operating Expense (OPEX) approach instead of a Capital Expense (CAPEX) approach.
After 20 years of hosting leading ERP packages including Sage 100 and SAP Business One, I-BN has watched AWS and Azure enter the cloud market place over the past few years. And I would say this even if I wasn’t an I-BN employee…bigger doesn’t mean better, all it means is bigger.
Although there might be savings moving to the cloud, the reason to move to the cloud is about a company’s core business strategy. More importantly, your company’s core business is the reason to move to the cloud.
- How does owning a lot of computer infrastructure help you compete in today’s fast paced market place?
- Does money spent on infrastructure help your core mission or can that money be used more effectively?
- Does having an IT staff help your sales and marketing effort?
- Does having a lot of infrastructure help you grow?
- Does having infrastructure that is adequate today help you grow for tomorrow?
- Is the infrastructure you own today truly adequate for you to accomplish your mission?
From the days of the first mainframes that filled a football field to this fast paced server based internet age, it’s always been about getting information to the right people when they need it. The cloud solves this problems for your business.
When people think of SAP they typically think huge software for huge companies with huge budgets, and they would not be wrong! However, SAP has grown and evolved into one of the leading cloud software companies and has developed products specifically designed for smaller businesses. SAP Business One encompasses all of the learning from the Fortune 500, where SAP dominates, and rhas made it less complex and costly for Small to Mid-Sized companies.