While some businesses choose between on-site or cloud-based ERP systems, you can also use a hybrid solution. How does a hybrid system work and what are its benefits?

What Is Hybrid ERP?

If you use on-site ERP systems, then you install and host your software locally on your computers and network. Your IT team manages the system, keeps it running smoothly, and updates it.

Cloud-based ERP systems work differently. You get the same software provision; however, you don't have to host or install the system on your site. You sign up with an ERP provider. They manage the system and give you access to it through the Internet.

A hybrid ERP system combines elements of these two traditional models. So, for example, you might run core software packages on your physical computing systems, but you also access some packages, features, and functions remotely via the Internet.

Why Use Hybrid ERP?

If you're happy with your current software system in general but feel that it doesn't do exactly what you need, then a hybrid ERP solution could be the answer. You can add the cloud-based programs, features, or functions you currently don't have. You keep the system that works for you but improve it.

For example, if you find it hard to set up your current systems for remote working, then you could add some cloud-based programs. These could enable you to access parts of your software from mobile devices and different locations.

Hybrid solutions are also useful if you want to trial new functions or give a new software package to a specific group or office. You don't need to roll out these functions across your whole system if they are only used by a specific group of users. This also reduces your costs.

Also, cloud-based systems are fast to access, so your business will become more agile and responsive. You can set up new programs virtually instantly as the need arises without having to wait for a full corporate roll-out.

Some companies use a hybrid ERP solution as a stepping-stone trial. For example, if you think you want to move from an on-site to a cloud-based system, then a hybrid solution lets you access and use key features alongside your existing system. You can test out how well cloud-based ERP works for you before you fully migrate.

To learn more about the benefits of switching to a hybrid system, contact ERP consulting services such as Advisory IS Solutions.