The pandemic has forced even the most traditional businesses to rapidly shift and adopt remote work capabilities and processes. Companies have been warming up to the idea of remote work and telecommuting for many years, but the events of 2020 have rapidly shifted thought processes to understand that remote work is fast becoming the future of work.
Organizations that already had work from home policies in place found it easier to adapt. These businesses likely already had cloud computing structures with software-as-a-service (SaaS) capabilities. These capabilities—specifically the cloud-based ERP—have played instrumental roles in supporting this new world of remote work and easing the transition for many teams. Here are a few strong supporting reasons as to why.
Anytime, Anywhere Access
Cloud ERP offers remote access anytime, anywhere. As long as you have an internet connection and an internet-enabled device, you can access your business systems.
Sales and service teams can log into the system from the road and complete reports, check on stock status, and log their hours. Accountants working from home or the office can update receivables and payables. Managers can view reports updated almost instantly as others around the company continue their work.
With this amount of flexibility, cloud ERP made the switch to remote work much easier for many companies. If you aren’t running your software on the cloud, now’s the time to consider making the switch.
Cloud ERP Promotes Collaboration
Another aspect of cloud ERP that makes remote work easier and more efficient is its ability to foster collaboration. Collaboration happens best when people all feel like they’re on the same team and share access to the same source data. Problem-solving, brainstorming, and shared work depend upon colleagues viewing the same information and working from a shared starting point.
Systems such as Acumatica Cloud ERP and Sage 100cloud ERP offer unlimited users, meaning the entire company can log into the system at once with no capacity issues. Integration with Microsoft Office products, including Outlook and Teams, also helps build teamwork. These integrations allow you to share information, attend meetings, and collaborate effortlessly on projects.
Keep Data Secure
Access is one thing, but in today’s world, with cybercrime on the rise, can companies afford to take the risk of internet-based software and data storage? Yes, if it’s cloud ERP.
Cloud ERPs protect customer data by backing it up regularly on servers. This protects against physical losses. If a natural disaster threatens a data center in one part of the world, the backup systems on the other side of the world keep the data safe.
Data transmissions are protected by encryption technology to ensure confidential information is secure. Your company can also assign permissions based on defined roles to limit each employee’s view to no more than what they need to do their job.
Gain Real-Time Business Insights
Perhaps the most important benefit of all from cloud ERP is the real-time insights users can find within the platform. Even when individuals work from home, the ERP system continually updates, uploading and synthesizing data from users into one consolidated database. The result is an up-to-date, always evolving picture of every aspect of your business.
Work Together, Even Apart With Help from ASI
COVID may have forced employees to be apart in order to maintain health and safety, but that doesn’t mean they have to feel like they’re working alone. With the help of cloud ERP solutions, colleagues can stay as connected and productive from the couch and kitchen table as they do at the office.
Gain the mobility your users need to do business from anywhere. ASI software experts can help you get up and running on the right cloud ERP solution to get a complete real-time view of your business at any time from any location. With integrated business management solutions and adaptable technology that can scale with your business, cloud ERP is able to keep up with growing businesses and complex processes. Find the right solution for your remote working needs. Talk to an ASI cloud ERP expert today.