SaaS ERP is a specially designed model of ERP software, where the software can be accessed through the internet. This model of SaaS is hosted by a vendor of the ERP software package on the web server. Many customers can access the ERP software package only through an internet connection. This is a recent development of the ERP implementation and the customers are freed from many tensions and hassles regarding the implementation of a full ERP software package. This particular feature of “Software-as-a-Service” has many advantages compared to the conventional ERP software.
Implementation of conventional ERP system involves lots of planning, huge capital investments and is a time consuming process. In addition to these, regular up gradation costs, other investments, maintenance costs can be quite pesky for the customers. On the other hand, SaaS ERP is devoid of any technological concern and saves the huge initial investment of both time and money. The customer can use the SaaS ERP only for his business purpose and leave the technical and maintenance related worries to the vendor. The vendor gains by serving a number of customers at a time.
Providing this special type of service through SaaS ERP, has been possible due to the widespread advancement of various technological features that support this function. Latest development of Visual Studios has helped in creating this special type of service. Introduction of Ajax, a special web application program, has enabled in speedier interactions among the users. The Service Oriented Architecture of this model supports communication between different individuals. The wide use of broadband connection has further facilitated in providing such web based services.
The prime benefits of using SaaS ERP are
1. Paying according to usage resulting in lower cost.
2. Faster implementation and interaction saves time.
3. Lesser investment costs in IT infrastructure.
4. Easy to access.
SaaS ERP helps in easy deployment of service from the technical point of view and offers flexibility to the customers. The customers only need to pay according to their usage thereby saving huge investment costs. The customer doesn’t have to bother about the IT expenditures, barring the installation of workstations and internet connections. The vendor conducts a thorough study of the organization and arranges for the accessibility of the ERP software from his web server. All sorts of software, back up services and middleware are provided by he vendors that are shared by many. Latest up gradations of the software are maintained by the vendors, and the customers need not spend for any extra hardware installations. The web based of SaaS ERP enables the customers to access the data from any part of the globe. Even the vendors and the suppliers can access any information with due permission. This enables a wider range of accessibility that covers the main areas of the organization.