An increasing number of tech-savvy businesses and industry leaders are recognising the many benefits of adopting cloud-based business apps into their daily operations. According to a study by the International Data Group, 69% of businesses are already using cloud technology in one capacity or another, and 18% say they plan to implement cloud-computing solutions at some point. Not only that, but these companies investing in cloud-based apps enjoy up to 53% faster revenue growth than their industry competitors.
The main reasons business owners implement cloud-based applications are utilising the technology to increase cost effectiveness, increase efficiencies, better serve their customers, and dramatically increase their overall profit margins. Sounds pretty good right? Well, for the most part… yes.
However, there are also real barriers to adopting these technologies for some businesses. With so much upside to utilizing the cloud to replace technology infrastructure, why has its adoption not been greater? One reason could be that with each added benefit of cloud adoption, a slew of hurdles and risk concerns have been dragged along.
Following are few of the major concerns most our clients had in choosing to migrate to a new software.
Not having knowledge on the new software and how would it suit your business. (A simple Demo does not give the full insight.)
The Migration process requiring the business to possess level knowledge on the app and finding time to do it.
The quality and quantity of the existing data, migration of data to the new system keeping the end in mind.
Multiple App requirement and Integrations requiring extensive re-search and knowledge.
We've prepared some quick-hitter points for you to remember when making the switch over from your legacy programs to cloud-based software...
Barriers to change
The migration process from the legacy software to the cloud app requires the business to possess a certain level of knowledge on the app. We never recommend taking on the transition yourself; find an expert and nail it the first time around.
It is imperative that the quality of existing data is good before beginning the conversion process and it should definitely be reviewed prior to importing. Essentially, crap out = crap in.
Multiple app integrations may result in connectivity issues and data/workflow interruptions. SaaS developers each have their own development schedule and integrations between software’s can be delicate at the best of times.
Tips for success
Staff engagement: Employees affected by the change should be included in the process. This ensures a level of ownership. They’ll be the ones utilising the software every day, so make sure they like it and understand it.
Shop around: there are often multiple apps that provide a similar solution & subtle differences in features may be the difference between good and great.
Whilst the SaaS provider may offer a step-by-step guide to implementation, it is beneficial to begin with the end in mind.
Try to solve your greatest issue, not every issue.
At App Advisor we believe that the provision of SaaS should now form part of any healthy Business Strategic Plan & Review. Technology allows you to create a business by design, so don’t limit yourself by what you think is possible.