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, it enables rapid information sharing between sales teams and
production teams to provide instant updates on things like purchase orders.
However, I think the impact that activity streams can have on manufacturing
software UIs is potentially much more interesting. Activity streams represent
a ... (more)
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 system... (more)
Open source has been a great success for infrastructure software such as
Linux, Apache and MySQL. Here at Software Advice, we've made use of all
three. We've also made extensive use of open source development libraries
like jQuery. For apps, however, we have either rolled our own or deployed
commercial Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings.
We're not alone in that decision. Open-source applications have failed to
gain mainstream acceptance. Despite passionate communities and a compelling
value proposition, businesses just aren't buying open-source enterprise
applications. The l... (more)
The primary innovation behind software as a service (SaaS) is the web-based
architecture - users accessing the system through a web browser rather than,
say, a Windows application. Proponents of SaaS have trumpeted the benefits of
this technological shift. Meanwhile, vendors with older client/server
products have evolved their architectures to offer web-based deployment. Some
systems are more elegant than others, but today just about every enterprise
software vendor offers a web access option.
Why then is the new class of SaaS (or cloud) application vendors racing ahead
with gre... (more)
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)