24 Jul Successful ERP Cloud Deployment – Three Common Mistakes to Avoid
The cloud first, mobile first mantra adopted by Microsoft and other big vendors has by now firmly rooted itself in the minds of IT professionals everywhere. But many enterprises are still cautious about jumping into the cloud with both feet.
“Most enterprises do not have the experience or talent to effectively take advantage of private or public cloud resources, so adoption is a trial-and-error process,” said columnist David Linthicum at InforWorld.com. “Even if you use case studies from other enterprises with similar problem domains, you’ll still run into issues that are unique to your enterprise, including problems with data integration, governance, and poor application design.”
When it comes to enterprise software like Microsoft Dynamics ERP, public cloud platforms can offer flexible, reliable infrastructure. However, without a deep experience in cloud and the intricacies of ERP implementations, these projects can go quickly off the rails. You can learn more about the difference between public cloud, private cloud and dedicated hosting in this article.
The simplest and most reliable way to ensure a successful ERP cloud deployment is to find a cloud or hosting provider who is an expert in both cloud and ERP technology. Linthicum lists 3 things to avoid for a successful cloud project, and a qualified hosting provider can help you avoid them.
3 Things to Avoid for Successful Cloud Projects
1. Failure to consider security, governance, and compliance
This is critical for enterprises that are publicly traded or heavily regulated by rules such as HIPAA, FDA or SOX. While IT departments may be used to dealing with these rules and perhaps work with auditors on a regular basis to supply documentation, the cloud is a whole different ball game than they are probably used to.
“Although you would think that any company moving to the cloud would have security on its mind front and center, the reality is it’s an afterthought at many enterprises,” said Linthicum. “Security has to be systemic and engineered into the cloud solution from the start. Retrofitting security typically won’t work, and where it does work it often does not work well.”
Again this is where a cloud hosting provider can really save your bacon and help you avoid problems down the road. When selecting a hosting provider, enterprises should ask about the provider’s processes and policies around security, governance and compliance support.
2. Failure to understand the objectives before tossing technology at problems
The days where you deploy the exciting new technology and figure out how to apply it to business requirements later are long gone. Assess the needs of your business in terms of security and cloud infrastructure as well as application modules and process requirements before you jump into the cloud. An experienced hosting provider will have done hundreds of solution deployments and will be able to assists you in determining all of your requirements and the best ways to use the ERP cloud solution to address existing problems with your current technology.
3. Failure to consider performance
The cloud has been heralded as the be-all-end-all solution to boost performance. This is often true with better uptime and mobility and better infrastructure than you would encounter in most enterprises’ internal IT systems. But not all applications are ready for the cloud and not all cloud providers understand the applications they deploy. To truly gain better performance you need to find a solution that is well designed for the cloud and a hosting or cloud environment that is tailored for those specific applications.
You can learn more about what to expect from a hosting provider and how to compare pricing and services for ERP hosting in another article we published here.