To accelerate business transformation, cloud-first strategies are being deployed by nearly every organization in the world. Yet, there is a lot of confusion about how to move (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS) as well as what to move. Vendors are applying a great deal of pressure on their clients to move back-office applications (ERP, CRM and other transaction-based systems of record for the business) to proprietary clouds…without clear justification or a complete view of what it will cost.

Pat Phelan, former Gartner analyst and now the head of market research and strategy at Rimini Street, shares lessons learned and insights gained from over 25 years of working with IT leaders on how to move ERP into the cloud era without breaking the bank or introducing unmanageable risk, including:

  • various cloud models, particularly which have made the greatest impact to their business
  • the open versus proprietary cloud debate, in light of vendors abandoning their internally deployed software roadmaps
  • real-world challenges associated with an ERP rip-and-replace (including solution readiness, resourcing, funding customization)

Digital transformation is forcing ERP decisions like never before. Don’t get caught out with a ‘cloudy roadmap’, watch this webinar now.


Pat Phelan
Pat Phelan
Vice President, Market Research
Rimini Street

Pat Phelan recently joined Rimini Street as a VP of Market Research. She is developing a product marketing research agenda that provides an ecosystem perspective and informs business decisions across critical topics – including enterprise software, third-party support, IT optimization, and application strategies.

Pat has 37 years of packaged application experience in various industries, both public and private, including commercial manufacturers, service firms, federal/state/local government and education. Prior to joining Rimini Street, she was at Gartner for 18 years providing CIOs and IT leaders with research and advice on methods and strategies for managing the ERP/business application life cycle, with a special focus on restructuring support as applications are moved to the cloud.

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