complex and customizable as even midmarket ERP solutions are, they
don't share many advanced features - that's where the
industry-specific functionality often comes into play. But three
advanced features do set some midmarket ERP solutions above the
rest: support for lean manufacturing, SOA capabilities and on-demand
Lean Manufacturing Support
As the name
implies, lean manufacturing is essentially using less of everything.
For midsize manufacturers with limited resources, this waste
reduction in production and business processes can be an especially
critical cost saver. With lean manufacturing, an organization can
avoid overproduction, excess inventory, wasted motion, unnecessary
processes and idle time. Lean manufacturing can also help an
organization deliver products more quickly to customers, be more
flexible and, ultimately, succeed in a global marketplace.
SOA - also called Web services - has been
called the next big thing in enterprise architecture. SOA allows
software capabilities to be easily connected and reused, making it
quicker and cheaper to assemble, deploy and sustain enterprise-grade
technology. With an SOA, organizations can more quickly adapt to
changing business processes.
Web-based ERP solution:
A clear advantage of
the web-based ERP solution is that remote users like executives and
sales represenatives can access the company system with any browser,
which is much more convenient than going through a laptop configured
for Terminal Services. A quick and on-time implementation of the
solution can be done on your existing configuration set up. That
means you do not need to upgrade your network for Windows/Exchange
Server and SQL Server database.
As you would have come across more suggestions on ERP, selecting
the right one is crucial. The term "Hosted Solution" is rapidly
catching up, on account of its own benefits. A web-hosted solution
ensures a lower outlay and predictive spread of cost over time. You
have a substantial saving in cost (on both the software and
hardware, licensing) that can be better invested in your business
Web-based ERP removes your headache from the Investment made
towards Time and Cost in the maintenance of the server & other
Web-based ERP also removes your worry about the new functions and
features (service packs and fixes).
When you go in for a web-based ERP, you can start using it from
day one (avoids the worry towards implementation time, which has
been cited as one major reason for ERP failure). Optimized
performance & Support
Most of the hosted applications are like off-the-shelf software.
The web-based ERP application is available to you anywhere and at
anytime from a simple browser.
Access through hand-held devices made easy.