Customized cloud solutions are usually necessary in order to produce software which matches the specific features and goals of the business.  Many ERP-Cloud vendors want clients to adopt the opposite proposition, namely that the business must conform to the Cloud application or Cloud ERP system.  Examples include Oracle or Salesforce.  Remapping your business processes to fit a vendor’s application is a good recipe for higher costs, budget overruns and lack of end user interest.

 

In fact, most firms – 85% of more – beyond the SME level, need to customize their cloud systems at the application level.  This is especially true for complex business applications, ERP, or older client server systems being migrated to the Cloud:

 

ERP customisation levels in the USA Source: http://ezyprocess.com/

 

Comparison criteria

When moving a process to the Cloud we can ask the following:

 

Taking the above-mentioned criteria into account, a comparative analysis can be conducted and represented in the form of a table (see below).

 

Criteria

Customised solutions

Cookie Cutter, Template, Standard

Type of approach

Individual

General

Adaptability for a particular type of business

Full adaptability, the software is designed for a particular company considering its specifics and goals

The solution is general, the business processes are meant to be adjusted to the existing software

Costs

Lower in the Long Term since the software matches and supports your processes

Higher in the Long Term, because your business must fit the software

Time to Deploy

Long, from several months

Shorter

Source code

The source code is created according to the needs of a specific company and is open

The source is usually closed and created by the developers

Guarantees

The vendor is responsible for the product’s quality, all the guarantees can be described in a contract

The closed source and the provision of software as a service do not ensure any guarantees or security concerning possible leaks

Chance of unexpected errors

Low

High

Cloud type

Usually private, and a hybrid system

Mainly public

System maintenance

The firm can independently maintain the system by hiring experts

Closed, a black box

Security level

High

Low

Scalability

Unrestricted

Restricted

 

Based on the results of this comparative analysis, it can be deduced that each option might be suitable for a particular type of business. For example, small and medium-sized enterprises can undoubtedly benefit from the template-closed cloud systems, since they are inexpensive and allow for the rapid automation of crucial work sectors. However, for a larger-scale company which is developing quickly and aggregates a lot of different functions, it is reasonable to opt for a system which is able to meet all the business’s demands.