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Brazil Nota Fiscal 3.1 - OnPremise versus Cloud Compliance

ERP Brazil Nota Fiscal version 3.1– (Part 4 of 6) On-premise Change management involves too many people, different groups, different system developers  

Top 5 Reasons Why Companies are Using Brazil version 3.1 to Transition off of on-premise solutions on to Hybrid Cloud and Managed Service Solutions


If you are managing Brazil compliance on-premise, did you realize you, not your provider, are staffing ERP analysts, Financial Process Analysts, Business Users, Middleware Architects, Subject Matter Experts, ERP developers just to maintain compliance in Brazil? Yes, just maintenance – no business innovation – just maintenance. Below are all the costs that you need to take into consideration when looking at the real cost of maintaining compliance in Brazil with an on-premise solution.

As Brazil is mandating a new schema (Brazil NFe 3.1), now is the opportunity to review your compliance strategy in Brazil.  Companies that are transitioning to Hybrid Cloud providers are reducing their maintenance costs in Latin America by upwards of 80%.  Below I cover many of the overlooked costs; however, if you would like a copy of the (Brazil NFe 2014 – TCO Calculator) that outlines your current cost structure as well as your upgrade costs – please feel free to reach out to me directly.

Cost always overlooked include:

  • Total Implementation Costs of Annual Updates
    • Research and implement the latest support notes from the ERP provider – for most companies they are not on the latest version, so this is not as easy as it may seem
    • ERP Functional Team – Orders To Cash, Procure To Pay, Financials
    • ERP developer
    • Middleware Architect
    • Local user costs for testing
    • Project manager
    • Subject Matter Expert (Design and deploy ERP configurations based on the legislation – most companies spend weeks trying to figure out how to get their ERP system to work with government requirements and customer requirements at the same time)
    • Set up costs for the local provider to test your files
  • Overlooked data center costs
    • Cost of the middleware
    • Maintenance on middleware
    • Hardware for middleware
    • Hardware maintenance for middleware
    • Minimum deployment across a three –tier ERP deployment (PROD, TEST, DEV)
  • Ongoing Support costs to include
    • Annual cost for compliance server
    • Cost for Technical Support
      • Someone has to monitor and manage the middleware issues
      • Someone has to monitor and manage the ERP system – an invoice isn’t done until it is posted or acknowledged in the ERP system
      • ERP developer
        • Changes based on the law 2-3 times per year, per country
        • Changes based on customer requests
          • Could affect ERP master data, middleware, PDF output or distribution rules
      • Annual cost to upgrade the system based on government changes
        • Look at a percentage of the functional analysts, middleware architect, project manager and SME (subject matter experts) for a time period each year
  • Financial Operation Costs
    • Cost of controllers to correct information prior to SPED reporting
    • Audit risks of non-compliance (~500 Reais per incorrect XML that is not valid and archived, 75% to 150% fines based on incorrect taxes)
    • Foreign Corrupt Practices issues – one High-Tech company is currently in a legal dispute over incorrect taxes with Brazil SEFAZ for almost 2.9 Billion US dollars
    • Account Payable staffing cost for manual data entry and supplier invoice processing: ERP PO and Goods Receipt – as you don’t want to pay mismatched invoices – you are responsible for the wrong taxes
  • Logistics – did you realize that Brazil Nota Fiscal legislation affects both your ability to ship outbound as well as receive goods at the warehouse
    • Outbound – if you do not have an automatic “contingency process” – you most likely have had your operations shut down for days (who can afford this during the World Cup, let alone the Olympics).
    • Inbound Receiving – leading organizations are reducing the cost of receiving trucks at their warehouse by over 40%.  This is done by taking advantage of the government process to automate data entry and matching within the ERP system.

So when you are looking to find dollars in tightened IT budgets, look at the total cost of operating your ERP across your Latin America divisions. On-premise once made sense, as it was the only solution option. However, On-Premise solutions do not take advantage of the economies of scale of the government standardization. Are you in the business of being an expert on Brazil Nota Fiscal?

The answer should be no.

There are providers that operate new business models – Hybrid Cloud models.  They offer the economies of scale of the network, but also solve the internal ERP customization support and maintenance issues with native ERP extensions.  This concept of Hybrid Cloud is key. It is the only business model that solves the end to end business problem and it’s why companies are turning away from On-Premise solutions.



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