Does anyone use a true cloud based ERP system? If so, who are you using and has it been a favorable experience?
Viewpoint (our current ERP) has recently advertised that they now have that capability but upon further review it's really just a Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) that creates virtual desktops in your office.
Roger Whitty | Chief Financial Officer
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Explorer Eclipse is a completely browser-based ERP solution that is offered as a site-based or SaaS installation. Eclipse core includes job cost accounting, payroll, project management, and business analytics that allows users to customize all of the standard reports and dashboards. Document management and workflow includes invoice routing & approval and the ability to create and track submittals, RFIs, and change requests. Eclipse runs on a Windows Server and a SQL database. Please contact me if you would like to learn more about Eclipse.
John Rosch | Senior Account Executive
Computer Guidance also provides a cloud based option as well.
We have used their system for over 25 years as an on premise system, but the same system is offered as a cloud based option.
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Ivey Mechanical Company
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My name is Darlene T. Moore, I am the Executive Vice President of WIMCO Corporation, located in Washington, NC. I read your posting and wanted to share our story of how WIMCO became a hosted customer and that the system we chose, Computer Guidance's eCMS ERP system, is a true 'cloud-based' system.
I started with WIMCO in January 1977- so I can honestly say that from its very beginning, WIMCO has owned all of its computer systems and they were all housed in our main office building. Although I was hired to the accounting department, like many small businesses, staff members have to take on multiple roles - IT was one of mine. Those duties placed me at the forefront of every system upgrade for both hardware and software that occurred during my 40+ years of employment here.
WIMCO uses the accounting and project management solutions from Computer Guidance Corporation called eCMS (Electronic Construction Management System). Computer Guidance is based in Scottsdale, AZ. We've been their customer since the early 1980s and have been running various versions of their software on our 'in-house' systems ever since.
But as the years passed, somewhere around 2012 - 2013, I started thinking about my eventual retirement... and how best to prepare WIMCO for my departure. I looked at our current staff members to see if there was anyone that could become care-taker of our in-house system. Although we have a lot of talented, smart, energetic people - each being an expert in their own field, there was no one to take on the extremely important and ever-increasing role of maintaining our mainframe system. Our company was growing rapidly and we were quickly approaching the need to upgrade our hardware to keep up with that growth.
So in the summer of 2013, I was fortunate enough to tour the Avnet I/O Data Center located in Mesa, AZ where Computer Guidance stores their SaaS Customers' systems. The level of security, professionalism, and not to mention cleanliness of that data center left me speechless. Computer Guidance blends the latest technologies from IBM and Microsoft to ensure a stable, yet open, SQL platform which yields the industry's highest system uptime, most scalable, most secure and most compatible solution available. CGC's data centers and their managed hosting services are both Sarbanes Oxley compliant and have been for years with an annual audit. The Avnet data centers are not only state-of-the-art, when it comes to security, system, app, and software monitoring, but they offer full redundancy and a variety of hosting options for your specific needs and they are backed by IBM.
With the knowledge gained from the tour, I presented WIMCO's owners with two proposals. The first proposal showed the pros and cons of purchasing a new system and all the costs associated with its setup, software installation, licensing, warranties, and maintenance. The second proposal showed the pros and cons of moving WIMCO to a truly 'Cloud-based' system. Needless to say, my recommendation was, and WIMCO chose, Computer Guidance SaaS.
CGC's ERP Hosted systems are truly 'cloud based' systems. There is NO software to install on any of our computers. All we need is an Internet connection, browser, and URL address and our users can work. It doesn't matter if the browser is Internet Explorer, Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, or others. It works on computers, tablets, iPads, and iPhones. If one of our computers goes down...all we need to do is get another computer, enter the URL in the browser and that's it. You can save the URL to your Favorites or create a shortcut on the desktop for easy access. Because of CGC's built-in security structure, users can even access our system on public computers whether at Starbucks, airports, or in libraries. Disaster recovery is included. With real-time replication of WIMCO's data to a system located in a Data Center in Atlanta, GA - in a disaster situation, whether natural or man-made, and we're not able to connect to the Avnet I/O center in Mesa, we simply change the URL or IP address in our browsers and connect to the system located in Atlanta Data Center and – boom - we're up and running. This is truly how a 'cloud-based' system is supposed to work.
We went live on SaaS on April 19, 2015. And for one annual fee, we now are able to run our business using top of the line power systems that can grow with us. No hardware to buy. We can use the system at any time, from anywhere, and even more...CGC takes care of everything. WIMCO doesn't perform ANY maintenance thereby solving WIMCO's future IT staffing delimma. Every upgrade to the system is announced, scheduled, and completed by certified IBM and Microsoft professionals, and WIMCO is free to do what we do best - build buildings. Hope this helps!!! - Darlene