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What are the four most prominent drivers for choosing a cloud ERP platform?

Posted by  Dylan Llewellyn

ERPs do the same whether they're in the cloud or on-premise don’t they? The answer might not be what you expect; here's why...

Cloud ERP vs On-premise

In one sense, you're right; there is no difference. With the right ERP software, your organization can do all the same things. It's merely a choice in where you manage that system.

The difference between the two actually comes from looking a little deeper at the platforms themselves.

Here or there 

So, if your ERP software is the same, how does your ERP platform differ or make any difference?


Holger Mueller of Constellation Research has written a paper on how
Unit4 pushes the ERP Platform to the next level.


In recent years, the use of cloud ERPs has exploded, due to just how different it is to the traditional on-premise model. And the four most prominent drivers behind this growth are quite exciting for organizations looking to prepare their ERP solutions for the future.

According to Holger Mueller of Constellation Research, these drivers are:

Improved People Experience

“People have a better user experience (UX) as consumers than as employees, and that difference is leading to an engagement gap between work and private life UX. Enterprises need to enable better people experiences by adopting the same platform that powers the consumer experience.”

Faster Innovation Cycles

For most, on-premise solutions are demanding in cost, time and resource. Needing teams in-house to manage and monitor them continually. Which also makes updating them a big deal, slowing innovation and development.

Cloud ERPs remove many of these barriers to innovation, meaning you no longer need on-site management or teams, and will always be on the latest version. Letting you refocus that time, resource and spend to boost innovation cycles. With the cloud ERP's speed, adaptability and scalability helping you achieve this.

Better Elasticity

With cloud ERP solutions, you only need to pay for what you use. And usage can be instantly scaled up and down. 

This is becoming increasingly important as demands from capabilities like AI and machine learning grow. With cloud platforms, managing fluctuations in demand and data come without the sizable levels of planning needed to do the same for on-premise.

Higher Resilience

Modern consumer's demands are evolving, and they want organizations to be available 24x7. The problem is many older, on-premise ERPs are not built for this. Regular updates and maintenance mean they struggle to achieve the "always on, never down" capabilities now required.

Cloud ERPs by their very nature, are built to do this. Giving you full access to all systems all the time from anywhere at any time. And they provide this constant operations resiliency at a lower cost than on-premise can.

What does this mean for your organization?

ERPs using a cloud platform are transforming organizations. Revolutionizing people experiences (both for staff and consumers), boosting engagement and innovation, and giving you more flexible, accessible, usable and available systems than ever before.

All while offering the same functionality you've come to expect from your ERP.

What's more, the right Cloud ERPs come with these benefits as standard, you don't have to spend time and money developing them. Giving you immediate access to them from the moment you start using the software.

Dylan Llewellyn

Dylan is an industry specialist at Unit4 providing in-depth sector articles for Higher Education, Not-for-Profit, Finance, Professional Services and Public Services. Dylan previously worked at Thomson Reuters, SMRS and Tetra Consulting as a senior editor.

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