Making the Case for Cloud ERP in Public Services Organizations
Posted by Jessica Tatlow
A few months ago, our friend and customer, Robin Wishart, Director of Corporate Support at the City of Port Coquitlam, gave a wonderful presentation at the Municipal Finance Officers’ Association of Ontario’s 2015 Annual Meeting. His presentation was about the viability of moving a municipality’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to the cloud. It was so good we want to share it with you.
While cloud was high on the priority list for Robin’s IT vision, he didn’t want City of Port Coquitlam to be an early-adopter of untested cloud technology among Canadian municipalities. His due diligence in evaluating solutions and companies with the experience to deliver, however, put them on the cutting edge of SaaS users in the Canadian public services. Robin’s initial trepidation and caution means he has a great perspective to share with other public sector organizations considering the future of their enterprise technologies.
Cloud is everything now – it’s where your email lives, and where your pictures and collaborative documents are stored. Private industry has largely moved to the cloud for business functionality. Now, with the increasing pace of business and rising constituent expectations, public services organizations are making the change too. That’s not to say there aren’t challenges.
In Canada, and elsewhere, there are tough personal data regulations that must be contended with. Short-term budgetary concerns often trump long-term efficiency and cost saving projects. And, buy-in can be hard to get from decision-makers in various departments.
With actionable advice for considering and evaluating cloud ERP solutions, and a look at the City of Port Coquitlam’s progress towards cloud, Robin delivers an engaging presentation explaining the top 3 benefits of moving to the cloud and what’s in it for finance.
Click to watch the on-demand webinar, and let us know your cloud ERP questions.