No matter what industry your company operates in, it is facing competitive pressures like never before. Organizations no longer have the luxury of being able to spend years developing an effective business strategy, nor do they have the time and resources to waste on ineﬀective on-premise business systems that then fail to support it.
Fortunately, because of the growth of cloud computing and as-a-Service software, companies can now scale up rapidly, move quickly and mobilize a workforce like never before. A competitive threat or opportunity
can come out of nowhere and the market disruption takes hold fast. This has been seen time and time again over the past decade—
who still goes to Blockbuster to pick up a flm for the weekend?
This is why companies such as NetSuite, which provides a single version of the truth for businesses operating in the cloud, see their
revenues grow, while the legacy players with their siloed on-premise applications are in decline.
The reality is that pre-Internet applications
such as Microsoft Dynamics GP can no longer
provide frms with the agility and insight they
need to compete eﬀectively.
The business case for shifting to the cloud
is actually relatively simple. While it’s not the
only factor, let’s begin with cost. Forrester has
said that the cost of implementing on-premise
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems
can be as much as fve times that of the