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 applications for manufacturing-specific
If you're unfamiliar with development platforms, just think about an iPhone.
The iPhone is the platform that third-party developers build apps for. To
develop for the iPhone, you just need to build an app on the iPhone platform
and anyone in t... (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)
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)
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)