Migrating ERP to SaaS/Cloud platforms


There are several reasons for a company to move its ERP to the cloud. The main arguments in support of this initiative, which can be fairly costly would include: rapid deployment, scalability, long term total cost of ownership [or TCO] reduction, flexible settings for each virtual machine, and increased fault tolerance.


Though migrating can be a painful process, there are steps and milestones which can be targeted, to make the process somewhat easier. To achieve success a firm with an ERP that should be partially or fully cloud enabled [private, public, hybrid], will need to actively manage several parties including: customers, the cloud-software provider, in-house and external developers.


Plans must be made to keep the existing operations and system in place to satisfy external and internal clients, while building the 'new' or replacement cloud system, which at some point will replace the legacy system.


Questions that a business must answer in planning to move an ERP to the Cloud:


If this is a first time migration of a critical ERP system than it is a reasonable option to involve a knowledgeable vendor, a cloud-software provider who can host and can help with code, processes, and system migration and server setup.


Cloud software providers should be able to give information on:



Migrating, or even forklifting an ERP or client-server environment to the Cloud, will take longer and usually cost more than forecast. Following a methodology and defined, articulated steps in this journey is mandatory.