Today the Enterprise Resource Planning or the ERP software is a prerequisite to every business. The possibility of cloud storages and servers paved way for the innovation of cloud based ERP packages. But, is cloud based ERP a reality in the true sense? On observing further, not all ERPs which proclaim to be cloud based are truly cloud oriented programs. The basic advantage as proclaimed for using a cloud based ERP is the mobility in your business functionality, thus removing the need for company maintained computing and storage devices. The software computing and storage is in Cloud which frees a business for using a standard, stationary device for accessing the data. In short, if an ERP system is dependent on a certain device, it cannot be called a cloud ERP.
Is SaaS Synonymous to Cloud Implementation?
SaaS or Software-as-a-Service solutions are used interchangeably to mean cloud deployment. Upon observing closely, the SaaS solutions are deployed by the host but need not necessarily be cloud based solutions. Also, accessing the service via different smart devices or mobile devices becomes difficult at times. Sometimes, the applications require tweaking to suit your data access needs before it can be accessed via the mobile devices used in your business. That does not mean there are no true cloud-based solutions. Any ERP solution which works across the platform and devices can be called a cloud based ERP. On the other hand, SaaS ERPs are useful for a small business even if the mobile access is not possible immediately. This move has helped the small businesses move away from the proprietary ERP solutions.