Agility, performance, and innovation, where you really need it
As the Netsuite Global Alliance Leader at Capgemini, I talk to a cross-section of business and IT leaders on their ERP strategies. It’s interesting to see how large global firms are struggling to achieve a unified corporate view of their financial data.
Some of them are getting by with extensive and time laden customizations on their core ERP while others contend with what appears to be a siloed view of their business data.
Then, there are business units, new acquisitions, or regions with unique, local needs. These are also thriving centers of innovation and emerging value generators for the enterprise. Unfortunately, many resort to their homegrown legacy systems to sustain their operations. The unending struggle to extend core, fully-functional ERP to their entity is denying them the opportunity to consolidate with headquarters as well as operate independently.
Change is at the heart of a fast growing, distributed enterprise
New markets, products, divestitures, and acquisitions, all test the limits of an ERP strategy. In my experience, large enterprises enforcing consistency and adoption are running at least 3-5 on-premise instances. Merged organizations, restructured units, and subsidiaries across continents provide additional financial control challenges. What they all need is a novel approach that enables them to tailor ERP to meet local needs, while seamlessly integrating with the core.
A two-tier Cloud ERP flawlessly supports local process and data requirements while providing such a system. It ensures that a remote subsidiary doesn’t end up with the burden of a lengthy deployment extension of the core ERP system. What they get is real-time visibility for HQ, combined with accelerated value and agility with the ability to innovate on a local basis. Utilizing the elasticity of Cloud, they can scale in any direction to meet local requirements and critical deployment schedules.
For the headquarters and local facilities of a distributed enterprise, this ERP in the Cloud approach is a guaranteed win-win. The first step is to onboard a strategic partner that can help assess the readiness to leverage Cloud for ERP. This is to ensure a clean business case and a risk-averse roadmap.
With many organizations across all sectors seeking a multi-tiered approach as described, Capgemini offers Elastic ERP in the cloud with NetSuite as a promising alternative. As a cloud visionary with integration and industry expertise, we help our clients with Elastic ERP in the Cloud, a two-tiered, scalable approach to ERP, designed to accommodate their dynamic business needs. It helps them separate the need to upgrade core ERP from their ability to manage market changes in local business units and subsidiaries. This approach brings speed-to-value, scalability, ease of deployment, and simplified, affordable customizations.
Is your organization experiencing these same issues? Tell us how you are managing your ERP strategy to address them…