Mumbai, India (PressExposure) November 27, 2009 -- As 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 delivery.
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 process.
Web-based ERP removes your headache from the Investment made towards Time and Cost in the maintenance of the server & other hardware.
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.
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