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Brokermint is a cloud-based real estate accounting platform that helps businesses manage and streamline listings, transactions and contacts. Brokermint’s key features include transaction management, commission tracking, e-signature,... Read more
NetSuite is a complete cloud-based ERP solution that integrates with inventory, warehouse management, accounting, and customer relationship management. Ideal for businesses managing production orders and inventory restocking. Read more
E2 shop system by Shoptech Corporation is a manufacturing solution that offers scheduling, purchasing, shipping, customer management and accounting. The solution is designed for job shops, contract and multiple make-to-order manufacturers. E2... Read more
BQE Core is a cloud-based solution that offers integrated business accounting, project management, and business intelligence. It can support the operations of a variety of industries, including legal services, architecture firms, engineering,... Read more
Deltek Vision is a cloud-based project-based solution for professional services firms that is available for cloud or on-premise deployment. It combines project accounting, resource management, project management, time/expense management... Read more
Odoo is a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) tool that assists small to large businesses with the management of customer relationships, accounting, sales, communications and website creation. Key features include recruitment,... Read more
Intacct is designed for small to mid-sized businesses and is a popular ERP system with more than 30,000 users across the globe. The system is web-based and can work with any OS because it's accessed through a web browser. Read more
IQMS’ flagship product, EnterpriseIQ ERP, is developed specifically for SMB and large discrete, and batch process manufacturers in the aerospace, medical device, automotive, food and beverage, consumer products, plastics, packaging... Read more
ERPAG is a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. It is suitable for small and midsize businesses in various industries, including automobile, retail, education, information technology and more. Primary features include... Read more
Jonas Premier is a cloud-based construction management software, which explicitly caters to the needs of midsize contractors, homebuilders, designers and subcontractors. The web-based solution comprises of various integrated modules... Read more
Deltek Costpoint is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) and management solution designed to meet the requirements of midsize and large enterprise businesses. The solution primarily assists government contractors, professional service... Read more
SAP Business All-in-One is available as either an on-premise installment or as a web-enabled option, so it can be accessed anywhere with an Internet connection. The system is supported by more than 1,000 SAP system consultants. Read more
SAP’s Business One ERP software is a comprehensive solution designed for 1 to 30 users. Deployed on-site, it also offers a remote support function and a Development Kit that allows for customizability. Read more
ePROMIS is a hybrid operations management suite that provides businesses management functionalities including ERP, HCM and CRM. ePROMIS’s business solutions encompass the entire spectrum of enterprise functionalities, including... Read more
Brightpearl is omnichannel-native and designed specifically for retail. It is built to reliably handle peak trading, and it integrates with the full retail tech ecosystem, providing real-time trading insights. And it’s all automated... Read more
FOUNDATION construction accounting solution is a job costing, project management and scheduling solution available as traditional installed software and on the cloud. The system offers hundreds of automatic job costing reports and... Read more
Using the Oracle Technology Foundation, JD Edwards' ERP software is scalable and versatile to meet the needs of a wide variety of vertical markets. Supports multiple languages and currencies. Available as on-premise and web-based. Read more
Deltek, together with ComputerEase, provides cutting edge, integrated construction accounting and project management software. This innovative, user-friendly product not only improves the way contractors run their business, but it... Read more
Deskera is a full-featured business solution that manages accounting, invoicing, inventory, payroll, CRM, and more. The dashboard provides users with a real-time snapshot of their business. Books module makes it easy to manage businesses... Read more
xTuple is Inventory Management Solutions for Manufacturers who want to GROW their Manufacturing Business. We're helping manufacturing and inventory-centric companies use management software and best practices to grow their business... Read more
As the prevalence of cloud solutions in areas like customer relationship management (CRM), human resources (HR) and accounting has increased, so too has interest in cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. ERP software has been slower to adapt to the cloud trend due the sophistication and computing requirements typical of an ERP system.
That is starting to change, however, as a small but increasing number of ERP vendors begin to offer their system in the software-as-a-service (SaaS), or cloud, model. Although there are relatively few cloud ERP options on the market today, every major ERP vendor offers some form of Web access to their software. We wrote this buyer’s guide to sort through the myriad of Web-based ERP solutions on the market.
Here’s what we’ll cover:
What Is Cloud ERP Software?
Cloud ERP is the software-as-a-service (SaaS) deployment model for enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, which streamlines separate business functions into a single unified system.
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Generally speaking, ERP software is an umbrella term describing a system that captures and shares information across all departments and business functions. Whereas a traditional ERP system is installed and maintained on location, cloud ERP software is delivered purely through a Web browser via an Internet connection. Note that:
- In the cloud model, the software vendor houses and manages the software and buyers pay a subscription price for the software—typically on a monthly or annual basis. This removes the need for businesses to host and maintain the software and data on their own servers.
- This model is not to be confused with “Web-enabled” software, which means that the software is still installed on-site but the data is accessible online.
- In both cases, system data can be accessed through an Internet connection, enabling employees to remotely access their business data through any device with online capabilities.
Common Features of Cloud ERP Software
Cloud ERP software includes the same features as on-premise ERP solutions, including:
|ERP accounting||Includes general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable and payroll.|
|Business intelligence||Used to analyze and report business data to help companies make better decisions. Funtionality includes analytics, data mining, reporting and more.|
|Customer relationship management||Used to manage interactions with prospects, customers and clients across all departments, including marketing and sales.|
|Human resources||Manages HR activities such as personnel tracking and benefits administration, as well as new strategic initiatives like talent management and learning management.|
|Inventory management||Helps companies track up-to-date information about their product supply, maintain stock levels and avoid inventory depreciation and overspending.|
|Manufacturing||Includes manufacturing resource planning software, manufacturing execution systems (MES), bill of materials (BOM), product life cycle management and more.|
|Supply chain management||Tracks goods as they move from manufacturing facilities to distribution centers to retail stores. Includes functionality to adjust inventory with demand changes monitor performance of suppliers and warehouse management.|
What Type of Web-Based ERP Buyer Are You?
Prior to beginning your software selection process, it’s important to know what type of buyer you are. This will help narrow your options and provide a good launching point for deciding which system is best for you. Generally speaking, there are three types of buyers:
Full-suite buyers. These buyers want a single, integrated system to run their entire business. The goal in relying on a single system is to mitigate integration issues and facilitate a smoother flow of information between departments and business functions. These buyers favor cloud ERP suites, such as SAP Business ByDesign, NetSuite Manufacturing Edition and Infor Syteline.
Best-of-breed buyers. These buyers favor purchasing specialize applications that perform a single function, such as an HR system or CRM system. Typically, they’re looking for an application that has more robust functionality than what’s offered in an full-suite package. These buyers favor best-of-breed applications such as Taleo, Salesforce and ADP.
Small business buyer. Historically, there have been few options for small businesses to choose from when it comes to ERP software. That’s changing, however, as the software-as-a-service (SaaS) trend strengthens in the ERP software market. Of course, there are still several on-premise software systems available for small business buyers. Examples include MISys, Exact and Made 2 Manage by Consona.
Benefits and Potential Issues
Web-based ERPs have a number of key benefits over locally installed systems but also have their drawbacks:
Ease-of-use. Since Web-based ERP is delivered via a Web browser, the interface will have the familiar look and feel of a Web page. This means that it will be fairly intuitive to use and should reduce the need to invest in employee training.
Reduced IT costs. Because the software vendor hosts and maintains the software—performing maintenance, upgrades and back-ups—there is less need to invest in an in-house IT team.
Connectivity requirements. The biggest concern with a Web-based system is that it relies on a strong, consistent Internet connection. If you have an unreliable Internet connection, then you may want to resolve connectivity issues before pursuing a Web-based system.
Customization difficulties. Since every business receives the same version of the software, it is typically more difficult to customize a cloud ERP solution. However, this is starting to change as technology advances.