12 Dec 2011 12:06 PM By Kati Hvidtfeldt, US Microsoft Dynamics ERP Cloud Lead As customers diligently evaluate ERP solutions, they almost always consider the fixed and variable costs incurred in implementation and ongoing maintenance. Last week’s “ERP On Your Terms” blog takes a closer look at how customers can also evaluate the predictability of on-premises, partner-hosted, public cloud and hybrid ERP solutions. In today’s blog Microsoft Dynamics Master VAR SBS Group tells how the predictable cost model influenced a start-up remote management consulting firm in its decision to move to a cloud-based Microsoft Dynamics SL solution. _______________________________________ In our sales experiences with cloud-based solutions, we find the financial predictability of the solutions delivered via the cloud deployment model to be a compelling benefit, especially for start-up companies. Although not the primary mover of the deal, the predictability factor certainly came into play for Integrated Global Performance Solutions (IGPS). Launching a completely remote management consulting firm, IPGS realized the need for a scalable solution that would grow with the company while providing core financial and project management capabilities. IGPS engaged with SBS Group to explore their business needs and solution offerings. SBS realized Microsoft Dynamics SL would provide the comprehensive financial management system with project accounting functionality suited for a professional services organization. During the evaluation, IGPS realized the predictable cost model and low upfront investment of a cloud-based ERP solution option provided the flexibility the start-up company needed. SBS Group deployed a cloud-based Microsoft Dynamics SL solution in a private cloud environment utilizing one of five certified SAS 70 data centers. Utilizing the new cloud ERP solution, IGPS has the ability to: · Automate time and expense reporting · Recognize revenue separate from invoicing · Support multiple companies, currencies and reporting structures · Define flexible rate structures · Assign resources to projects · Perform sophisticated cost allocations All of IGPS employees across the United States are now able to access the same Microsoft Dynamics SL system from their remote offices. SBS Group provides business management solutions including Microsoft Dynamics ERP and CRM in both a private cloud environment and on-premise software. Learn more about Stratos Cloud Solutions, our private cloud solution offering here. To learn more about how to incorporate cloud-based solutions into your business plans visit the Microsoft Dynamics Countdown to the Cloud page on PartnerSource. Go to www.microsoft.com/dynamics/growyourbusiness for resources that demonstrate to customers how Microsoft Dynamics ERP cloud, hybrid and on-premise solutions can benefit their businesses.