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ME: How important is cloud-based ERP for manufacturing? Talerico: Cloud-deployed industry suites help manu- facturers keep up with customers’ constantly changing demands in many ways. First, they enable manufacturers to quickly bring up new sites so they can take advantage of business opportu- nities wherever and whenever they present themselves. The solution sets accommodate regional requirements as well as the need for the level of global standardization each customer requires. This is a critical capability in countries such as Brazil where com- plex rules and processes associated with fi nancials, taxing and reporting can be centralized and shared across operational units. Second, cloud suites provide the reassurance that manu- facturers will remain in compliance with customer requirements when they adjust their business processes. Lastly, with cloud suites, customers can quickly adjust processes to position themselves as leaders. We believe that speed is a competitive advantage that simply cannot be overstated. ME: What are some key advantages of cloud-based ERP? Talerico: Cloud-based ERP pro- vides speedy ‘time to value,’ defi ned as the time it takes after a launch before customers realize gains associ- ated with their investments. Because cloud solutions can be provisioned very quickly and there are no delays due to hardware, server or resource concerns, users start seeing benefi ts almost immediately.


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Also, cloud solutions require a much lower initial investment than on- premise solutions and are then man- aged by subscription fees. These fees can be covered as operating expenses, so manufacturers can preserve capital expenses for more mission-critical


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