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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)

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)

Can Open Source ERP Succeed?

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)

Cloud Computing: It’s Not About the Web Browser

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)