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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)

Where’s IBM Headed in the Cloud?

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)

How MRP and Production Planning and Scheduling Software Differ

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)

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)