Businesses running cloud ERP software found the sudden, enforced shutdown nationwide easier to deal with than those without cloud-based systems, although no one found it easy. The reason is simple; cloud systems enable employees to work wherever they are without interrupting core business information. All of the business’ information is kept on the cloud and can be accessed wherever and whenever employees have an internet connection.
Remote Enterprises Could Be the Next Business Model
Because of the ease with which companies running cloud ERP software transitioned to working remotely during the COVID-19 stay at home orders, some are predicting the remote enterprise will be the new normal. Companies everywhere are discovering that maintaining an office space might not be the best model in the future. Although some physical space is necessary for manufacturing and distribution businesses, accounting, finance, sales, and marketing operations can be conducted remotely.
Business Operation Continuity With Cloud ERP
Pandemics aren’t the only external force that can seriously disrupt business operations. Natural disasters have put businesses behind schedule and scrambling to dust off their backup plans as ports shut, offices closed, and supply chains halted for extended periods of time.
Ensuring the continuity of business operations during any sort of disruptive event is essential. Cloud ERP software helps companies do this by:
- Enabling access to critical business systems for all workers forced to work remotely
- Fostering collaboration and communication among workers who are not in physical contact with one another
- Providing an effective way to onboard temporary workers from unaffected locations
For those not already on a cloud-based system, the 2020 pandemic has accelerated considerations for remote work, telecommuting, and cloud-based systems that build collaboration and ensure continuity.
Running a Remote Enterprise
When natural disasters, pandemics, or other major disruptions occur, how will your business remain open? What will you need to ensure operations can continue?
The technology needed to run a remote operation isn’t fancy or unique. Necessary technology required for a remote enterprise includes:
- Laptops with powerful hard drives and sufficient memory for business needs
- High-resolution webcams
- High-speed internet
- Additional monitors for those working across multiple screens and data feeds
- Security systems
- Cloud storage for company files
- Software as a service (SaaS) technology and communication systems such as instant messenger and video chat
- Cloud ERP software
Most employees will have access to high-speed internet. By providing cloud software and encouraging frequent communications and collaboration among employees, remote enterprises can thrive during times of overall business disruption.
Finding the Right Cloud Software for Your Remote Enterprises
Whether you were already on the path to move to the cloud or are accelerating the move due to the effects of COVID, putting the right cloud software in place for your business requires identifying the top critical requirements so your business can continue running no matter what the situation. With a cloud ERP such as Acumatica or Sage 100cloud, your users have the mobility they need to do business from wherever they are, whether that’s home or on the road. Remote access also fosters stronger collaboration and data sharing across teams so that information can be stored, accessed, and reviewed as needed.
For many organizations, cloud ERP is the next logical solution for growth. Find out what cloud ERP solutions are right for you. Talk to an ASI cloud ERP expert now.