Most companies with an ERP system have some sort of hybrid system – generally through purchasing a cloud service that then must integrate with a preexisting on-site solution. This can tend to create work, as IT departments need to ensure cloud solutions integrate with core systems whenever an update occurs to either system. One of the biggest questions businesses face is knowing which information to host on the cloud and which information should stay in core systems. The current general tactic is for cloud services to enable anything related to data aggregation, financial reporting, intelligence, backup and disaster recovery, and more (CIO). This leads to nearly any consumer-facing application being hosted on the cloud, with HR and finance being the next to be fully devoted to the cloud. A hybrid system allows for more balance, which in turn allows for a redefining of processes to align to the cloud if needed, or to stay on a core system. Ultimately, a hybrid environment provides greater flexibility for companies when they need to grow or move into new areas.
Besides CRM, KM, HR, and finance, which other major business processes make the most sense to host on the cloud?
Why do you think businesses prefer hybrid systems rather than diving into an all cloud system?
What capabilities make the most sense to leave on a core system? Are there any processes that you think should never go to the cloud?