The emergence of Cloud ERP has brought huge benefits for organisations that want to deliver transformation or innovation. Companies embarking on the journey of selecting and implementing a new ERP can reduce the cost of implementation but also be up and running in a much shorter time frame and leverage the best practice business processes developed by industry world leaders. These processes are provided ‘out-of-the-box’ with little configuration.

Long gone are the days where an ERP implementation could take years to complete; with teams of people gathering information, configuring and testing an on-premise solution.

SAP ByD (BusinessByDesign) provides a cost effective, quickand simple implementation with an assurance that the result delivers the requirements of today and tomorrow.

But the benefits of Cloud ERP do not rely purely on the software. The implementation consultants have also had to adapt and up their game – enhancing their skill set and focusing not just on getting applications working but delivering business value. So what has changed?

Out of the box functionality - SAP ByD offers integrated Supply Chain, Logistics, Financials, HR, Procurement, Project Management, CRM & Analytics, all ‘out-of-the-box’ and with minimal configuration compared to an ‘on premise’ implementation.

Faster speed to value - A SAP ByD Implementation can be delivering value in just eight weeks – and with fewer consultancy hours, the cost is significantly reduced.

Empowering remote working – Working in the cloud empowers remote working, reducing travel costs which are an unwelcome additional expense or delay in any implementation.

Business process experts – Consultants must now take a broader role to deliver value. By becoming business process experts, they now need to understand what will work for the business with their extensive knowledge of the software.  This means working in harmony with the business to recommend and introduce ways of working, identify inefficiencies and re-engineer processes to create smarter ways of working.

Intelligent system integration – making multiple systems work together has always been a major challenge in any ERP implementation but it is essential to drive optimal value. But SAP has transformed the way this is done making it easier and faster to achieve using APIs. The consultant’s business process knowledge enables them to select the correct SAP API and then work with client to map the relevant data sources and perform rigorous testing.

Making IT work - A modern Cloud ERP consultant should be able to set up a webservice with your IT department, create the warehouse layout with the Supply Chain key user and also discuss the impact on the financial statements of all the transactions with the Financial Controller.

Maximising the long-term value - The consultant’s job does not end once the implementation is complete. Post go-live, the consultant still has a responsibility to support their customers and maximise the long-term value of their investment.  At Clarivos our relationship with SAP means our clients are always kept in the know of the latest updates, how they may be of value and the best way to implement them.

At Clarivos, we may work in the cloud but our feet are very firmly on the ground when it comes to offering our client the right technology know how, process skills and business understanding to deliver value first time, every time.