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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)

Why Activity Streams Matter for Manufacturing Software

These days, activity streams seem to be popping up everywhere in enterprise tech as vendors rush to add social features to their software. Twitter and Facebook-like streams are even starting to gain traction in manufacturing software. Two of the most prominent examples of vendors incorporating activity stream data into their manufacturing user interface (UI) are cloud enterprise resource planning vendors Kenandy and NetSuite. Incorporating activity stream data into manufacturing software UIs has important implications for collaboration manufacturing environments. For instance, i... (more)

Here's Why We Need Cloud UI Standards

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)

How PaaS Can Change Manufacturing Software

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)

The Cloud ERP Shortlist for Manufacturers

Manufacturing software vendors are making aggressive moves to the cloud. In the past year alone, four vendors rolled out a full suite Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings for the industry. That brings the current tally of SaaS players in the manufacturing arena to five: Epicor Express, Infor SyteLine, NetSuite, Plex, and SAP Business ByDesign. The buzz around the cloud has manufacturers asking if a cloud solution is right for them. To help answer that question, I'll explore the features and functionality each vendor offers, and the ideal target market for each. Many more vendo... (more)