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Exploring hybrid ERP deployments

In this expert response, find out how to have successful hybrid ERP deployments.

Is it possible to only deploy some modules of my ERP system in the cloud and leave others in-house? Can this hybrid

ERP deployment be done on one system, or will I need two different ERP systems to make it work?

It certainly is possible to deploy some software in the cloud and other software internally, but the answers largely depend on what your ERP software vendor will -- and will not -- support in this regard.

In any case, it is likely the best strategy to have one deployment method for all your core ERP modules, whether they are cloud-based or internally hosted. If you do not want to move all your ERP modules to the cloud, explore outsourcing options with your third-party bolt-on applications.

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About the author
Steven Phillips is an ERP professional with more than 27 years of implementation experience, and the author of the book Control Your ERP Destiny. His background includes senior management education, software selection, project management, application consulting, process redesign, systems design, testing, training and post-go-live support.

Steven has a degree in production and operations management, with advanced studies in industrial management. Previously certified by the American Production and Inventory Control Society, he has written articles appearing in APICS publications. He also runs the popular blog Street Smart ERP.

This was first published in April 2014

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