Continuously increasing complexity
and globalization is impacting many sectors like Manufacturing,
Healthcare and many others and demanding more attention and
better management to keep costs
down, bring more product variants, be complaint with local regulations
build high quality products.
Being in consulting industry for
more than 15 years my answer to above challenge is simple
"Embrace Enterprise IT solutions". I
personally was involved in implementing, integrating and migrating
to Enterprise solutions like ERP,
CRM, PLM and SCM and many more solutions to streamline the process,
eliminate process gaps to build
right products and always be first to market.
You may believe it or not, these
solutions do great wonders when successfully implemented and used
But to implement these BIG TICKET
solutions organizations need deep pockets and only BIG Companies can
existing enterprise solutions. BIG
OEMs across the world have solved or working in the right direction to
the global supply chain
collaboration issues. But these BIG OEMs do collaborate with many SMB
supplying critical parts to smooth
running of the day to day operations. Unless the similar enterprise
are implemented by SMBs (OEM
Supplier Base), there is no end for supply chain collaboration
challenges the industry
But we all are aware SMBs does not
have deep pockets to afford these BIG TICKET Enterprise solutions.
Are you sure, think againâ€¦ this
statement may be valid in 20th century but in 21st century and that too
in 2015, we shall not agree because
now we are in the era of Cloud technology, where every solution is
available on cloud with pay per use
Now with the advent of Cloud
solutions our global industry is getting democratized.
Now every player BIG, SMALL, MEDIUM
and MICRO organizations has equal access to technologies, solutions,
best practices and also in some
cases Future Practices. We already witnessed many cloud based ERP, CRM
PLM solutions delivering value
across the world, Cassini Systems just joined this race from India to
space and provide a helping hand to
SMBs in the emerging countries like India, Singapore, Malaysia and South
To help our readers, enthusiasts and
our potential customers we would like to explore the maturing
Cloud Technology and Solutions and
get more insights in to following areas:
- Are Cloud Solutions different?
- Are Enterprise Cloud solution proven?
- Who are using Enterprise Cloud Solutions & why?
Are Cloud Solutions Different?
Cloud is relatively new and 21st
century technology, so the cloud solutions will be different,
though it may not change basic
features and functions, but it will have a great difference in the way
these solutions are Installed,
Configured, Used, Maintained and Shared across the supply chain.
As we have acknowledged that
many major players started offering cloud solutions,
most of them are offering basic
pay-per-use model, starting with Free / less priced basic
offering and as functionality
and usage increases the subscription prices rise.
Now you may be thinking will it
be beneficial financially if usage increases,
not to worry if you consider TCO
- Total Cost of Ownership - at least for SMBs,
Cloud always WINs on price
We are moving away from buying
huge infrastructure for installing Enterprise solutions to cloud hosting
on shared and dedicated servers.
With cloud based solutions the responsibility of Installing,
maintaining and Upgrading is
fully owned by solution provider. SMBs can just utilize services
like IaaS or SaaS for
infrastructures or solutions usage. It's just clean and smooth solutions
I can say this Industry
democratization is giving an unfair advantage to SMBs compared to OMEs.
In theory the feature and
functions are almost same either in Cloud or on Premise solutions.
But the great advantage we see
is these cloud based solutions are built to work seamlessly
with the mobile devices like
Smart phone and tablets. This is driving the new era of
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to
office and be connected from anywhere and everywhere.
These cloud technologies and
Enterprise cloud solutions are providing the real muscle to SMBs.
This is not only helping SMBs to
catch up with OEMs in process improvement and productivity improvement,
but also playing a vital role in
fixing the global supply chain collaboration issues.
Are Enterprise Cloud Solutions Proven?
Let's accept the reality in spite of
so much hype and promotion of cloud solutions in enterprise domain,
it's not all rosy. Except for few
applications like Salesforce which was built for cloud,
other applications are still picking
up pace to be best in industry. Most services and solutions providers
are almost there.
When critical enterprise
applications are hosted on cloud, availability is very critical.
Continuous and Fast connectivity
plays a vital role in utilization of cloud enterprise solutions.
Amazon, Google, Rackspace and
many more cloud infrastructure companies have increased availability
to almost 99%. But the bottle
neck is with the internet connectivity, this varies from country to
country and place to place. With
many governments focused on improving infrastructure,
internet connectivity is only
going to get better and faster.
Initially many Enterprise
Solutions providers to test the cloud market and to promote cloud
compatibility released a quick
web version of application with less functionality.
This approach really back fired
initially and now many solution providers are building
cloud applications on latest
Next Gen Solutions:
Like Cassini Systems many
vendors have started building new Enterprise Cloud solutions on latest
cloud based technologies to gain
greater advantage in the long run. These latest cloud based
solutions are built on the
platform which can be easily extended to Social networking,
IoT and future based solutions
framework. We advise to choose only complete cloud solutions
which are responsive to work on
all machines like computers, mobiles and tablets to leverage
BYOD culture to gain competitive
We may be not yet there, but we have
proven Enterprise cloud solutions being effectively used
and managed across industries.
Connectivity is increasing, so as customer awareness and adaption,
in the same lines organizations like
Cassini Systems taking big bet on cloud technology and building
New Cloud based solutions totally
from scratch on latest state of the art cloud architecture for a
Who are using Enterprise Cloud Solutions & Why?
If available cloud solutions are not up to the mark and connectivity is not 100%,
who are playing the role of early adopters in using the cloud solutions.
Yes, though everything is not ready many organizations across the world are taking
big bets on cloud solutions.
Organizations with global
operations, who need continuous collaboration with different time zones
and teams to share data and
manage work, can be early adopters. Even in 2000's when web based
are very early into markets many
big organizations like GE Aviation and many more took the challenge and
embraced wed based solutions.
Similar organizations are taking lead in adopting to cloud Solutions as
Cost Conscious SMB sector are
already playing big part in accepting Cloud solutions across USA and
The low startup costs of Cloud
solutions are really helping SMBs to start, experiment and
explore Enterprise cloud
Many Hi-tech Manufacturing
organizations and IOT based Start-ups which are more into innovation and
future thinking are also playing
a significant role in adapting to Enterprise cloud solutions.
And with companies like Cassini
Systems, who are dedicated to provide state-of-the-art cloud solutions
will only increase the chances
of more organization joining our Enterprise cloud solutions.
I think we will see a reverse trend in acceptance of Enterprise cloud solutions.
Instead of BIG organizations taking lead, we see SMBs playing a vital role in
accepting Enterprise cloud solutions. If Cloud Solutions and Services providers
come up with innovative and attractive business models, it's not that far when even
Big organizations start replacing their multi-million dollar standalone applications with
solutions from Cassini Systems and its partners and competitors.
My concluding thoughts are if many
organizations already accepted Cloud solutions like Salesforce,
they are also ready to accept even
end to end Enterprise wide Cloud solutions,
but they will be only interested in
Value based cloud solutions. If the new organizations
like Cassini Systems come into
market with Enterprise solutions built from scratch on cloud
compatible technologies and with
increasing Internet connectivity getting faster everyday,
I strongly believe in no time
organizations not only accept but thrive on Enterprise cloud solutions.