Harwinton, CTNovember 9, 2011  – CAL Business Solutions, a Connecticut based Microsoft Dynamics GP partner, announces the release of a new white paper 35 Questions Every CFO Needs to Ask About ERP Software in the Cloud written for CFOs (Chief Financial Officers) and financial professionals who are evaluating moving ERP (Enterprise Resource Management) software to the cloud. This white paper offers a clear question and answer format designed to give CFOs the background they need to evaluate and compare cloud-based ERP choices.

CAL Business Solutions was chosen by the ERP Software Blog to be part of a panel of 14 ERP and accounting software experts from across the US and Canada who contributed knowledge to this project.

“We feel it is important for companies to truly evaluate the option to move ERP software to the cloud.  There is so much hype and publicity around “the cloud”. But when it comes down to it, it is still a business decision not just a technology decision. And the CFO should be involved in deciding what is best for the company. This white paper gives a very helpful explanation and questions for evaluation.” comments George Mackiewicz, President, CAL Business Solutions.

The 35 jargon-free questions cover topics the CFO needs to understand to make an informed decision including: Cloud Definitions, Potential Benefits of Cloud ERP, Common Concerns of Cloud ERP, Compliance Considerations for Cloud ERP, and Licensing Questions for Cloud ERP. High level answers to each question provide the foundation for CFO cloud knowledge.

Included in the guide are nine informative graphs and a sample cost comparison chart providing a simplified 5-year model to help CFOs evaluate ERP deployment models including: on premises, on demand and hosted. Business drivers critical to organizational growth, risk, and operations are also compared for each ERP deployment model through an easy-to-understand checklist.

“The content in this white paper is written in a clear and easy to understand way because it is based on the extensive, real life experience of our panelists. Each of them was chosen because of their expertise in helping real organizations make informed decisions about the transition of ERP software to the cloud,” comments Anya Ciecierski, manager of the ERP Software Blog.

To supplement this white paper, the ERP Software Blog has released an update to the popular Microsoft Dynamics GP Quick Quote request tool. In addition to receiving an instant cost estimate for Microsoft Dynamics GP software licenses, annual maintenance, and implementation services, the Quick Quote tool now includes estimating pricing for deployment options including On Premises, Hosted or On Demand/SaaS. This tool can be accessed at: https://www.erpsoftwareblog.com/quote

This white paper is the second release of the ERP PANEL PAPERS – a straightforward series of white papers from a nationwide panel of ERP experts.  The first white paper in the series, Beyond Software: How to Estimate the Cost of ERP Implementation Serviceshas also received wide distribution.

The white paper, 35 Questions Every CFO Needs To Ask About ERP Software in The Cloud, can be downloaded at www.erpsoftwareblog.com/cloud-erp .

About CAL Business Solutions, Inc.

CAL Business Solutions is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner focused on Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains) financial management systems, offering implementation, integration, data conversion and customization plus local support and training. We work with 200 customers in more than 16 states, with a focus on companies in Connecticut (CT), Massachusetts (MA), Rhode Island (RI) and Westchester County, New York (NY). www.calszone.com

Connect with CAL Business Solutions at LinkedIn or visit their blog for additional insights into accounting software.

About ERP Software Blog: ERPSoftwareBlog.com is a nationwide group of experts dedicated to assisting financial professionals in the ERP/Accounting software selection process. Connect with ERP Software Blog on Twitter @erpsoftwareblog or visit www.erpsoftwareblog.com and www.crmsoftwareblog.com to browse articles and free resources.

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