At Rootstock Software, a proven provider of powerful Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) for manufacturing, distribution and supply chain solution built and deployed on the Salesforce Platform, experts and professionals are seeing a rapid acceleration in the demand for cloud ERP installations.

The first is obvious, cloud computing itself has become an extremely popular deployment selection. ERP however, has been slower to climb on board than HR or CRM (Customer Relationship Management). The main reason for this is because ERP is so comprehensive, covering sales as well as operations, bringing both together. But as more manufacturers and distributors are as the viability of the cloud in their other apps, ERP is slowly catching up.

Today, in the same way, companies are saving money on their other apps, they do not want the expense of adding infrastructure costs in computer systems or people to implement an ERP that helps them run their business in the way that old traditional, on-premise systems operate.

Integration

Integration between corporate centers and the cloud should be a key consideration. As salespeople are already using Salesforce, corporate centers are catching up and fetching integrated with it. As a matter of fact, corporate buyers have been making commitments to the Salesforce CRM and Salesforce platform already. Since there are so many different cloud application vendors today, on Salesforce, having the same look and feel within the same cloud the public to adhere to the same standards for integration is a very important criterion for the selection of cloud ERP solutions.

This is being noticed by the small and medium-sized companies as well, so they too should deem between one or more of the cloud ERP solutions on the Salesforce platform, especially since they know there will be even more software application solutions on this platform in the future.

Cost

Companies new and old, are turning to the cloud for their ERP solutions simply because they can afford it. As the cloud has shown itself to be very practical, the lofty cost of on-premise ERP systems is no longer a roadblock for deploying ERP.  For large companies with older ERP systems, the catalyst for growth is hybrid, two-tier systems. Garrehy explains that tier 1 is compiled of large, manufacturing enterprises with an ERP system at the corporate level. Tier 2 is composed of small and medium-sized industrialized plants (a lot less corporate).