More and more core business services are moving to the cloud nowadays. Accounting systems, project management tools, CAD software, file storage – and of course Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions.
So what does “the cloud” really mean? And why are manufacturers across Australia (and around the world) migrating their systems to cloud-based solutions?
In this blog, we’ll introduce the key advantages of cloud-based ERP and break down how it works, so you can get your head in the clouds in all the right ways.
ERP with cloud storage vs without
What does it mean when your data is “in the cloud”? First, to understand a cloud ERP system, it needs to be compared with “on-premise” software.
Cloud ERP vs on-premise ERP
|Files and data are hosted (stored) off-site by a dedicated storage company|
|Data security is the vendor’s responsibility|
|Accessible anywhere, from any web-connected device|
|Regular software and security updates from the vendor|
|Low or no upfront cost, monthly or annual subscription|
|No equipment to maintain|
|Implementation is normally fast and managed remotely (with local support)|
|Data are hosted on your local servers, usually in an on-site server room|
|Data security is your responsibility|
|Only accessible from devices connected to your local network|
|Infrequent (usually major) system upgrades|
|High one-time setup costs plus equipment maintenance|
|Servers, cables, ports etc. must be maintained and upgraded|
|Implementation can take a long time and be disruptive|
Cloud-based ERP solutions are more accessible and more flexible; our developers can deploy updates without needing to install anything on your local system, and you can add or remove modules on a subscription basis. On the flip side, some manufacturers prefer on-premise ERP because they feel more comfortable keeping their data where they can see it.
Why your ERP needs to be cloud-connected
Cloud-connected ERP software has a few crucial advantages for manufacturers and cabinetmakers. As our industry continues to innovate in a changing world, flexibility, business mobility, and accessibility will become non-negotiable if you want to grow your profits.
Access important files from anywhere
Jobman syncs with the leading file storage platforms like Google Drive, OneDrive and Dropbox. Your team can access production files, quotes, plans – everything they need to know, available on any internet-connected device.
Email and share files securely
You probably know the frustration of arriving at a job site, only to find you don’t have a file you need. Cloud connectivity enables you to locate and email those files from anywhere or share access with customers and colleagues. You decide whether the recipient can read, edit or download the file, and you can even share entire folders or a single file in seconds.
Whether you’re emailing a quote or sharing design files, being able to provide the answers instantly will undoubtedly give you an advantage over the competition.
Secure file storage without the maintenance costs
Cloud storage from leading providers like Google and Microsoft is famously secure. You don’t need to set aside space or cooling costs for bulky servers, and you never need to worry about maintaining cables. It’s all handled by world-class security protocols, and you can scale up storage capability at any time.
Get your head in the cloud with Jobman
Jobman is a truly cloud-connected ERP. Our secure software syncs with the leading file storage providers, giving you instant access to your information from wherever you are.
Cloud connectivity improves business mobility, productivity and information accessibility. It’s a more intelligent way to do business in a changing manufacturing industry.