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Making Software as a Service for ERP
For healthcare executives involved in selecting, implementing and managing enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, the advent of software-as-a-service (SaaS) computing represents one of the most significant and disruptive changes they may experience in their careers.
In this point-of-view paper, Accenture Health explores the challenges and opportunities inherent in migrating to SaaS for ERP systems.
In SaaS models, organizations secure application services from other companies. Doing so allows them to bypass the expense and effort associated with buying, installing, operating, maintaining and upgrading networks, computers and software applications in their data centers. Instead of purchasing or licensing software, clients access the software only when needed.
As awareness and use of SaaS offerings continues to grow, ERP decision makers are being asked to assess and communicate the implications and impacts of cloud computing. Given the radical change cloud computing promises, as well as the embryonic nature of many SaaS solutions, such an assessment may not be easy.
Accenture Health’s perspective is that adoption and implementation of SaaS solutions for ERP is ultimately inevitable because of the scale of the benefits offered.
Yet this expectation raises further questions: What will moving to SaaS solutions mean for large investments already made in traditional core ERP systems? What are the risks? And what is the longer-term future of cloud’s role in ERP?
Amid growing board-level interest, SaaS solutions are rapidly climbing the healthcare ERP agenda. How can ERP decision makers conduct a timely, focused and productive evaluation of the potential benefits and pitfalls?
Accenture Health has identified five key questions we believe executives should ask. By focusing on these questions, healthcare executives can identify the potential opportunities and risks inherent in SaaS computing for ERP systems:
March 8, 2011
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