5 Ways to Ensure Your Employees Use Your ERP Software

Choosing new ERP software can be a long process, and after you’ve chosen your software, you want to make sure your employees use it. Even if you’ve picked the right software for your shop, you may end up not using that software you spent so long picking out if you don’t have a plan. Read below for our list of five ways to make sure everyone in your shop uses your new ERP software. 

Get buy-in from all levels 

Whether it’s someone at the top who decides your shop needs ERP software, or it’s something that folks on the floor have been lobbying for, you need to make sure that people at every level want your shop to get and use ERP software. If people don’t like the system, they won’t use it. If the people at the top don’t think the shop needs software, they won’t be prepared to spend the time and money to get the right one, and then no one will want to use it. However, if most people at all levels of your shop think ERP software would be helpful, it will be much easier to get the right software and have people start using it. 

Give everyone a voice 

Sometimes people get worried about bringing in ERP software. If there is a group of naysayers in the shop, put the leader of this group on the committee to pick out the new software. Getting a diverse array of voices on the committee makes sure that you consider everyone’s needs when picking out the software. And it shows the people who are worried about ERP software that you are taking their concerns seriously. Having their opinion taken seriously will make them much more likely to give the ERP software a try when you get it. 

Communicate 

People worry about bringing in ERP software because they don’t know what it means for their job. The easiest way to put these worries to rest is to tell people what the impact will be. Will it make it easier to find data? Will it make them faster? Will it cut out tedious parts of their job, so they have more time to spend on other things? Will it mean that you can send more jobs out on time and cut down on overtime? If people in the shop know what to expect from ERP software, there’s less for them to be worried about, and they can start thinking about how it will fit into their jobs. 

Train 

No matter how much people like the software, if they don’t know how to use it, they won’t. You’ll need to make sure you train everyone on how to use the new ERP software. Maybe that means you send everyone off to get trained by the vendor, or perhaps one or a few people, and then make time for them to teach everyone else. There are many ways to make sure you train everyone in your shop on your ERP system. Your vendor will probably have several training options. The important thing is to figure out what works for your shop and make it happen. – Read more

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The Top 3 Cloud Computing Trends in 2021

The Top 3 Cloud Computing Trends in 2021

The events of 2020 have disrupted most forecasts for 2021. Although growing trends in technology such as the internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) will continue to reshape various aspects of our lives, the most significant developments will be in areas that help us successfully navigate and adapt in these changing times.

No trend fits the bill better than cloud computing. As the backbone of the app-based, data-driven tech ecosystem, the cloud is at the forefront of managing change. Everything from online entertainment and home delivery services to remote medicine and working from home has been transformed by the cloud.

Throughout 2021, we will likely see the rate of adoption for cloud-based services to accelerate as more businesses become accustomed to cloud models, use the cloud for data delivery, and when smart devices become more vital to our daily lives. As a result, here are the top trends that will emerge over the course of 2021:

1. AI will enhance the speed and efficiency of cloud computing – Trends in 2021

Artificial intelligence will drive the demand for technology that adapt to our evolving needs during 2021. Numerous cloud service providers give users with varying skill levels and budget requirements access to machine learning functions such as language processing, image recognition tools, and recommendation engines.

Cloud technologies enable enterprises of various sizes from all over the world to access these revolutionary AI-powered toolsets and increase the efficiency and productivity of their services. Additionally, smart algorithms are also being employed on a larger scale to develop smart city infrastructure, autonomous vehicles, and pandemic response plans.

Another use of AI that’s often overlooked is how it helps keep cloud data centers working at optimal levels. Power usage, expansive hardware networks, and cooling systems can be observed and managed by AI algorithms that ensure maximum running efficiency and reduce their environmental impact. Continued research in this area will lead to innovations that further enhance data center efficiency and speed.

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2. Hybrid cloud solutions will grow in popularity

Choosing between the private and public cloud infrastructures has been a challenge for some companies in the past. Both solutions come with a set of pros and cons with regard to performance, flexibility, cost, compliance, and security. The maturity of cloud ecosystems has brought about the development of multi-cloud or hybrid environments.

The hybrid model allows maximum flexibility as users can determine specific elements from various service providers that meet their needs and combine them together. With various platforms in play, providers have also begun to re-examine their existing offerings.

For instance, Google and Amazon have traditionally relied on selling secure space to their clients on public cloud platforms. On the other hand, IBM and Microsoft excel in designing tools and technologies that can be deployed on existing, private networks. These organizations are now looking to re-evaluate their solutions to provide a hybrid model—such as using public clouds to store data while using private clouds to manage controlled information and core organization functions.

Smaller commercial hosting providers have been more successful at meeting the growing need for flexibility. These solutions are designed to host all applications and data securely in one place. Offerings by such application hosting providers can often be customized to meet the specific size, structure, and operations of the company. – Read more

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