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Why cloud ERP services are the best option for your startup

By Brook Sauer Ruiz, founder and CEO of Elby’s Organics,
a new food startup based in Hamburg, Germany.


A business is like a machine. Similar to a machine, businesses are made up of multiple moving parts. These moving parts need to work simultaneously and smoothly to keep your business motor running.

Launching a food industry startup, requires you to be especially vigilant in ensuring your business motor is flawless. You are providing a product that people ingest into their bodies, and therefore have the responsibility to make sure you’re presenting the safest product possible.

Startups are typically composed of only a few employees in the beginning, who must manage a mountain of work. Supply chains need to be monitored, accounting need to be maintained, sales and marketing need to be tracked, stock levels monitored, logistics and QA need constant overseeing. Are you overwhelmed yet?

It’s easy to see why good software is essential, even for the smallest of food industry startups. But with limited budgets, and no technical support staff, your startup needs a flexible and reliable means of reaching your IT goals.

What is cloud computing?

ERP systems manage the day to day operations for companies. There are a vast number of ERP systems available for all kinds of businesses. ERP as a cloud service was launched as a way for software companies to offer a more accessible, affordable, convenient, and safe version of their services.

ERP systems manage the day to day operations for companies. There are a vast number of ERP systems available for all kinds of businesses. ERP as a cloud service was launched as a way for software companies to offer a more accessible, affordable, convenient, and safe version of their services.

ERP systems can be costly and require a lot of physical space and manpower to operate. This doesn’t always align with the capabilities of a small to medium sized business, and especially startups. This makes cloud services the perfect fit for new startups.

Let’s look at some of the reasons that startups are the perfect candidate for cloud services.

No additional hardware needed

With traditional ERP services, additional hardware and software can be necessary. This can become expensive and cumbersome for a smaller startup.

Going with the cloud allows you to skip that part. With cloud, you simply access your ERP through a browser via the internet. This gives you the freedom to work from anywhere, and keep your upfront and operating costs low.

Flexible pricing

There are vast differences in price for cloud services vs. traditional services. Cloud models are flexible and more affordable than traditional ERP. This gives you the opportunity to only only pay a subscription for the users and services you need.

You still get the same level of service and functionality, only for a reduced price. Some providers also offer startup rates or free trials, to help those new to the game.

Easily scalable

Cloud services are extremely elastic, making it easy to adjust to the needs of your business. It’s simple to add or remove users at will, which is one of the biggest benefits for a startup. You’re not tied to specific user numbers, you are allowed the room to grow as your company grows.

Easier to manage

On the user side, cloud services are easy to implement. Without the need for fancy hardware, it’s simple to get up and running quickly. Updates and upgrades are done from remote locations and updated in the Cloud, making improvements to your system seamless.

Cloud based services also make it easier to work with other types of web-based cloud services. There is an easier integration with other programs. This allows you access to advanced computing resources that are only available on the cloud.

Safety

Since all the big data is stored in the cloud, you’re safe and protected from cyber-attacks that could bring your company down.

Providers like Microsoft have well defined policies in place for data backup, restore, recovery, and anything else associated with disaster recovery. Your company is safe from big system crashes that can stop your daily operations.

Conclusion

Cloud services allow you to use the same software and functionality that larger companies use, but at a level that fits your startup.

You don’t have to wait until you’re at a certain level to utilize all the benefits of a cloud ERP system. In fact, it’s better to start with an ERP system sooner than later when building your enterprise.

With these resources at your fingertips, you can easily grow your business to a substantial size, and quickly. A cloud-based ERP system will help you build your business into a strong and efficient well-oiled machine for success.

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