Customize Vs. Configure: The Upgrade You Didn’t Know You Needed

“I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created.  They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.”

– Bill Gates

 

Corporate technology, at its core, is a tool. Period. It’s designed and installed to help us work better, faster. Why, then, does it sometimes seem like we are working around it, rather than with it? Our IT teams must constantly be called in to upgrade software, move around data, and deal with hard drive issues. And while every great workplace time-saver should require regular maintenance, you know it’s too much when it takes time away from your projects and what matters – innovating effectively.

The Cloud is the solution. It saves time, space, and is the ultimate upgrade for the 21st-century organization. Its platform affords effortless updates to new operations processes, which innovative teams frequently adopt. The Cloud provides user-friendly configuration over costly customization, and you probably have more experience with it than you realize (think: customizing your Facebook feed).

 

Configuration:

Traditional software options require costly customization – literary delving into the source code – to suit your company’s specific needs at that time. Want to expand to a new location, or have a great idea for streamlining operational processes? Too bad! This, too, will require the tech to be customized again, from the code up. Adding insult to injury, this is quite risky, as well (let’s not forget about poor Lidl’s $500 million dollar fail, rooted in their stubborn desire to customize SAP software.).

 

Implementation:

Cloud technology allows for teams to implement changes quickly from any location, not tying anyone down to stay on-premise. This is especially conducive to achieving company goals without a hitch. Everyone can stay on-task and in-focus on the projects at hand, moving quickly without having to email the IT team every day.

 

Access:

Cloud technology allows for on-the-go access to important company information – ideal for the mobile team who is always expanding their network. Effortless access enables team members to take business trips, conference calls, and work from home without missing a beat. Want to leverage the exciting remote workforce? Moving to the Cloud is the first step.

 

Teamwork:

Most Cloud systems are designed to be easy (and maybe even fun!) to use. Rather than one member of the team instructing an outsourced IT pro how to code the software that everyone will use, the team can collaborate to create the system that’s best for their working styles, together.

 

Who’s Saying Yes?

From Forbes:

“Many big companies have been deeply reluctant to consider moving their mission-critical financial applications to the cloud for a range of reasons, and in particular these two: business executives had grave reservations about the ability of the cloud to meet their requirements for availability, security, performance and more; and, those executives were not convinced that the relatively new cloud ERP apps could deliver the full range of functionality that global corporations require.

 

Both of those reservations, says Workday CEO Aneel Bhusri, are being swept aside, clearing the way for ERP/financials to be upgraded to the cloud.”

 

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