Disclaimer: This article discusses evaluating the total cost of ownership
(TCO) for on-premise and SaaS solutions. However, information in this article
should not be construed as financial advice.
Six months ago my boss sent me an interactive calculator that the New York
Times created to help people decide whether it's a better financial decision
to buy a home or simply rent one. He shared the calculator with me because,
at the time, we were looking for interesting ways to visualize data and
relate it back to our work at Software Advice where we review enterprise
software systems and report on enterprise tech trends. More on that in a bit.
Although I wasn't in the market to do either, I found myself adjusting values
and playing around with the calculator just to see how long I'd have to rent
at my current rate to make purchasing a home worthwhile. In case you haven't ... (more)
As IBM turned 100 this month, the company received a lot of fanfare and
attention. Amazingly, this tech giant has managed to stay relevant in the
fast-paced world of enterprise technology for a century. Since Big Blue's
birthday, many media analysts have reflected on past achievements and
milestones while others touched on their current innovations. I'm a fan of
the retrospective approach, but I often find it more interesting to think
about where a company is headed rather than where it's been.
In the spirit of forward-looking analysis, I decided to dig into IBM's merger
and acq... (more)
Without a doubt, one of the most difficult stages of manufacturing production
is the planning stage. Minor errors in predicting demand or planning
materials can lead to costly mistakes such as producing too much or carrying
excess inventory. To drive out waste and produce at the most efficient
levels, manufacturers increasingly rely on information technology during the
planning stages. Two of the most popular planning applications on the market
today are material requirements planning (MRP) software and production
planning and scheduling software.
While it's generally understood... (more)
If you're like me, you rely on a host of cloud applications to get your job
done each day. While the convenience and familiarity of apps built for the
web is great, I can't help but notice the difference between each user
interface (UI) I use. Currently, all cloud-based ERP software vendors are
approaching the user interface with their own design style. For users that
work with multiple cloud apps each day, this can be disorienting - not to
mention bad for productivity and usability.
As more products are built for the cloud, I believe that we ought to start
thinking about creati... (more)
Although cloud computing is just starting to make its way into the
manufacturing industry, I think the cloud holds great potential for the
future of manufacturing software. And I don't think the potential of the
cloud is limited to the application.
Cloud development platforms - or Platform as a Service (PaaS) - stand to
change the way that manufacturing software is developed, distributed and
consumed. Because PaaS significantly lowers the barriers to entry to develop
manufacturing applications, it makes it significantly cheaper and easier for
third-party developers to create app... (more)