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ERP comes to the cloud and (finally) smaller businesses

Sharon Florentine | Oct. 29, 2013
Trek Global claims that its cloud-based ERP service can help midmarket and small businesses leverage ERP to create efficiencies.

Gartner: ERP Vendors Slow to Embrace the Cloud
Even as the cloud becomes more ubiquitous, traditional ERP vendors have been slow to embrace the cloud, and forcing many businesses to adopt "a strategy that moves away from a monolithic ERP architecture to a more hybrid approach, which includes on-premises, cloud, mobile and analytical applications," according to Gartner's May 2013 report, CIOs: Use Your Strategy to Evaluate Cloud ERP.

Most ERP vendors haven't felt the impetus to move completely to the cloud, but, Stangeland says, as more and more customers demand the flexibility and efficiency the cloud can provide, they'll have no choice.

Gartner's research, too, advises companies not to "select an ERP solution based solely on your requirements today. Determine how well the product and the vendor's product strategy will meet your needs for the next five to 10 years."


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