An ERP system consists of several modules bundled together as one software distribution. Some of the key modules include, Accounting tools, payroll managers, human resource managers, decision support systems, file storage managers and many more. Each of these modules performs highly specialized tasks, which can be customized to your business needs.
The monopoly enjoyed by Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems in a business environment is undoubtedly unchallengeable. To this date, no alternative system has offered a better way of managing the entire catalog of operations, with such swiftness. In fact, many developers prefer to improve current ERP systems, as opposed to coming up with rival systems.
In the past decade, the quality of module functionality was a key distinction factor between ERP systems. However as time passed by, developers subconsciously conformed to some undefined standard. Today, the only major differences between ERP systems, is attributed user interfaces, and deployment mode.
ERP systems can be deployed in two ways, namely cloud ERP and Premise ERP. Let us briefly highlight on each of these trendy deployment modes.
1. Cloud ERP Deployment
AS the name suggest, the enterprise solution is installed somewhere on a remote server cloud server. The modules of then are then accessed through dedicated web portals. In this deployment mode, your business uses the ERP software as a SaaS (Software as a service). This means that you do not own the system, and failure to renew your subscription will result to termination of service. However, on the brighter side, you avoid the cost of installing high end servers on your business premises. You also do not need to worry less about software maintenance, and regular backups.
2. Premise ERP deployment
This is the latest in Enterprise IT deployment trends. In this case, the software will be installed in a local server machine in your preferred business premise. This is done in a similar fashion to what is popularly known as traditional deployment. However there are numerous differences, for instance traditional ERP systems were desktop applications, whereas premise ERP systems are web apps. This means that if your server is configured correctly, a premise ERP system, couples up as a cloud ERP.
Premise ERP systems have numerous advantages over all other forms of deployment. First, your business has complete owner ship of the system; hence you hold all rights to customize it as much as needed. Secondly, it is cheaper in the long run to have your own cloud servers, since most of the required software (ERP system, security systems, operating systems etc) you initially paid for dearly, are available free of charge or at significantly cheaper costs.
Here is a list of some enterprise open source software you might consider for your server; RHEL (Red Hat enterprise Linux), CENTOS (community enterprise operating system) and Open ERP. You of course need expert support in setting the up.