Industries all over the globe are turning to cloud computing as a way of becoming more efficient. Credit unions can benefit from cloud procurement. Bellwether Software has implemented purchasing software for the cloud, allowing companies to automate processes better than ever. Credit unions are able to significantly reduce costs as well as streamline several different processes for their employees and their customers. The first thing to note with software being in the cloud is the reduction in costs. Many times, credit unions have entire departments dedicated to procurement as well as IT. When all of it is handled by e-procurement software, it doesn’t require as much labor, server space and many other things. When servers aren’t needed, it frees up floor space and could even reduce the amount of real estate needed. It also means that IT techs aren’t required to run the servers if they aren’t in the building. The next thing to consider is the amount of options that customers can get from credit unions. There are many credit unions that haven’t automated everything as much as national bank chains. If e-procurement software is put into place, customers can have the ability to purchase to pay different bills and vendors, making their lives easier. Credit unions’ employees can also simplify purchases and automate everything. Rather than having everything going to a billing department, overspending and making unauthorized purchases, procurement to pay allows everything to go through the cloud to streamline the process. The system will allow you to set up regular payments and let the software pay your bills. Savings can be very dramatic by implementing automated processes that are web-based. Just as a credit card can show you spending patterns made from a single account, this software can show those same purchasing trends as well as adhere to a budget. The idea of overspending can now be in the past tense. All of this automation can be accessed simply by going to a web browser. As long as you have an internet connection – be it on your computer or mobile device, you can take a look at your financial situation. You can approve requisitions, purchase orders and make modifications to your budget with the click of a button. Think about the amount of paperwork this will reduce. No more piles and no more mindless signing only to be passed on to someone else’s desk. Moving a credit union’s software and systems to a cloud can be the best thing that could ever be done. It reduces labor and automates many systems to simplify the business. Going out of town is no longer about being disconnected from the business, too, because as long as you can access the internet, you can access your procurement department.