2 Jun, 2021

Ultimate Guide to SaaS ERP

In the enterprise resource planning industry, SaaS ERP models are gaining a foothold. SaaS ERP is hosted in the ERP vendor's data center, enabling end-users to access the software via the internet and providing companies to take advantage of robust technologies in a more open and cost-effective environment. As compared to on-premises ERP, it can lower IT costs and overhead while ensuring that all customers have access to the most up-to-date apps.

What is ERP?

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is a method of integrating a company's multiple activities into a single platform. It helps in planning, buying, inventory, sales, marketing, finance and human resources. ERP allows all departments' operations to be cross-channeled, resulting in more efficient business processes.

The ERP deployment models are of two types:

On-Premises ERP: An ERP software that is installed on private servers and managed by dedicated IT resources on-premises.

Cloud ERP: An ERP software hosted remotely in a commercial provider’s data center and delivered over the internet. Like the other cloud services, the users access cloud ERP through web browsers.

What is Cloud ERP?

Cloud ERP is hosted in a commercial data center and distributed via the internet. Single-tenant or multi-tenant cloud deployments are possible. A single-tenant model allows control over the customization and updates as they are running on a dedicated hardware.

Many organizations share the same instance of software and infrastructure in a multi-tenant cloud model, but each customer's data is processed and protected separately.

NetSuite ERP is a dependable cloud-based ERP system. NetSuite focuses on improving business processes, functional elements, and other business actions in a cloud-based platform.

In general, NetSuite provides the following advantages to businesses.

1. To combine functions and processes in a single, central workspace in a seamless manner.

2. User-driven innovation and faster development.

3. To ensure that company processes are flexible.

4. Improved data visibility and real-time data access.

5. To get rid of duplicate records.

6. To store and secure a large size of data to operate a company.

7. To attain growth and business continuity.

8. Universal accessibility and Extensive Communication.

What is SaaS ERP?

SaaS ERP is a subcategory of Cloud ERP. With the help of SaaS, users are able to subscribe and use the applications that are hosted in a cloud, eliminating the role of purchasing hardware or licensing software. The access to this software is provided over the internet and has a monthly subscription fee from the cloud provider. SaaS provides quick solutions through the ERP Cloud to help organizations quickly respond to volatile markets and industry barriers while supporting the next generation of employees with security, insight, and flexibility.

Benefits of SaaS ERP

• Reduce IT overhead by transferring management and updates to a cloud provider.

• Adaptability allows for a better response to market changes.

• Inventory orders, accounting and customer records management gives out-of-the-box features.

• Economic continuity is easier.

• Upgrades to software and assistance are made easier.

• As the company expands, there is no need to configure servers or invest in new infrastructure.

• Capital Expenditure on Infrastructure Requirements can be reduced.

• Eliminates resource waste.

• A more user-friendly interface.

• To make informed decisions, you should have access to real-time data.

• Return on investment (ROI) turnaround time is reduced.

• Create remote work methodologies that give more versatility and responsiveness.

• The provider performs automatic updates to keep all users up to date with the new functionality.

• A security and performance model providing privacy guarantee.

Categories of SaaS Products

There is now a SaaS solution for almost any business need. The following are a few of the most common categories:

1. Accounting and Finance: Financial management, forecasting, budgeting, and human resource management are all incorporated in suites that help businesses streamline their business processes and financial operations.

2. Customer Relationship Management (CRM): NetSuite's CRM gives you a full, real-time view of all of your customers. A SaaS CRM is a ready-set-go platform on the cloud that helps to streamline a company’s business by assisting them in customer communications, management of sales and providing access from all locations.

3. Human Resources Management (HRM): Employee lifecycle management systems that assist with contract labor, onboarding, insurance, payroll, and performance.

4. Collaboration and Communication: SaaS-based telephony and conferencing systems reduce the need for proprietary hardware and enhances the company’s communication.

5. Document and File Sync: Employees have access to their work from any device, as other storage systems are used, than the individual devices.

6. Analytics: SaaS analytics gathers and renders reports from various silos, often in real-time, through specialized tools and embedded features in other applications.

SaaS ERP vs On-Premises ERP

The fundamental difference between SaaS ERP and On-Premise ERP is in the form of layout architecture. Looking at the storage and security, On-Premise systems are installed locally on the company's servers and SaaS is deployed in the cloud. 

Which ERP System Is Right for You?

Saas ERP is more attractive to companies that look for quick cost-effective implementation, scalability, and effective time to operation. Implementation of SaaS ERP in a company, helps in their expansion with limited customizations.

SaaS ERP is built for reliability and physical safety, reducing concerns about data control and providing many of the benefits of a management solution. NetSuite,  a cloud-based ERP  that supports small to midsize companies in various sectors. Real-time insights and effective process automation allow companies to leverage customer-centric business operations.

Future of SaaS ERP

All ERP vendors are continuously investing in capability building, more effective automation, and demand planning. They are also investing in IoT, AI, ML, and Blockchain for enhancing user experience and security. 

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