Weekly roundup – Hoarders Anonymous (for unstructured data), upgrade or replace your ERP, and 3 simple ways to make the cloud work for you

Here are some of our favorite articles we shared with you last week.

Hoarders Anonymous for Unstructured Data

Document management helps organize data all into one system. However, your business could still suffer from unstructured data after implementing a system. Important steps to organizing unstructured data involve classify types of data that belong in the system, who can access the data and assigning roles of managing the data.drowning in paper

“All organizations have unstructured data, but most are collecting and maintaining large volumes of orphaned data — so called because it has no owner. Without an owner to determine its importance, lifespan or who should have access to it, we default to keeping this data of unknown value forever. I have seen organizations go through a consolidation or migration, or move data centers, and take all of that unassigned unstructured data with them. They just migrate the mess.”

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Upgrade or replace ERP: Which strategy is right for your business?

Is your ERP system outdated? Once that occurs, there are really two options moving forward if your business plans on continuing to use ERP: upgrade or replace. There are numerous factors to consider when making this investment. From your business’ current technology to its current funds, this article discusses some of those significant factors.

“You are then faced with the real decision: upgrade or invest in something new. There are several key factors to be taken into account – very few of them related to the functionality of the product. If you’re paying maintenance to your current supplier, you may receive ‘like for like’ software in an upgraded version without further charge for the software. The value of this will depend on how long it was since you last upgraded. Several disruptive changes have occurred in the world of ERP over the last couple of years – changes that should have a major impact on your decision. Of these changes, mobility is arguably the most disruptive.”

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Three Simple Ways to Make the Cloud Work for You

The usage of the cloud in businesses has increased. Soon, nearly every business will be embracing the cloud. Still, making such an important commitment can unnerve managers. This article discusses a few ways the cloud can work for your business that has never implemented such a system.

“Look at the cloud as an opportunity to shed non-core business functions, whether that’s running your email, phone, or call management systems or perhaps your business social tools. For most businesses, those are necessary functions that have to run right, but IT doesn’t add any particular value by running them in-house. Our experience is that you can actually start to shift some of those functions to the cloud, typically gaining reliability benefits and cost benefits, and thereby freeing up funding to enable you to work more closely with your business partners.”

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