Cloud software presents a host of benefits for your company. With a cloud transition, you usually have little to no hardware investment, off-site security, and updates that require less involvement from your in-house IT team. Instead, you pay a subscription for exactly the number of users you have. It’s also easy to scale up with cloud platforms as you grow, and as new cloud options roll out, they are made to integrate with other platforms relatively easily.
As a decision maker in your company, you’re likely thinking, “This is all great, but I still have to work through a software transition.” Implementation of cloud software is still a process. It’s new and has all the training and testing that comes with any software transition. What’s helpful in a switch to cloud, though, are the software providers, or partners, that come alongside your company, learn your processes and business needs, and walk you through the transition.
Partners have had a jolt in their industry with cloud, too. Instead of working to sell a big purchase and implementation with a long buy cycle and a heavy price tag, they are now focused on selling subscriptions with smaller price tags. While some partners initially disregarded cloud technology, there’s no denying the benefits to companies that implement it.
Those partners who got on board are now embracing cloud software, encouraging adoption, and enjoying a different set of benefits. As you both stand to improve your positions with a partnership, there are some things to keep in mind to ensure it’s optimal for your organization.
Get involved with a partner early in the process. Your best experience with a partner comes with them having a deep understanding of your business. Bring in your preferred partner when you’re in the early stages of defining your business processes and detailing the activities that your software needs to support.
Keep your partner heavily involved during implementation. Your software partner should be wading through any messes with you, rather than you bringing a list of problems at the end of the process.
Stay in close contact, even after implementation is complete. A software transition is easier and less costly these days, which means you may be working through this process again relatively soon. Your partner will already know your business and be familiar with the new offerings, providing insight into whether it’s cost-effective for you to upgrade to a newer and better cloud solution.
Looking for a partner in your cloud software implementation? Talk with One Connect, where we work as an extension of your business operations to provide the best service in the industry. Call us today to discuss your specific needs and how we can come alongside you to create a solution.