The advantages of ERP in the SaaS model

Benefits in the economic dimension

  • no need to buy and develop IT equipment (servers, devices for data archiving, UPS) and special software (system and database) which is the environment for the stationary applications
  • no need to incur costs related to planning, organization, implementation and maintenance of specialized infrastructure (server room, combustion generators) necessary for the safe operation of traditional ERP systems
  • low purchase and use cost (monthly subscription) which together with the above-mentioned benefits allows you to convert CAPEX investment costs (capital expenditures) into OPEX (operating expenditures) spread over time
  • less demand for IT specialists (reducing the costs of obtaining, maintaining and developing administrators, including avoiding problems related to rotation, holidays, training, etc.)
  • relatively lower costs of modernization, upgrade and development (upgrade)
  • reduction of investment risk in the scope of integration of management applications
  • the ability to avoid the costs of upgrading existing computer sets
  • better predictability of expenses related to the use of the ERP platform

Organizational feedback

  • faster and easier way of obtaining and implementing an integrated ERP platform (including packages of specialized services), necessary for the current operations of the company (rapid “time to market”)
  • the use of ERP in the SaaS model is independent of the geographical location of the company and employees (support for mobile staff and telework)
  • the ability to easily share information and knowledge with business partners and accelerate the coordination of jointly implemented business processes
  • concentration of the company on its key competences and further development of business operations
  • ease of use by the company’s staff (software “friendliness” based on a known interface – ie a web browser), which shortens the time of system implementation, employee training and training
  • transfer of responsibility for the ERP platform to the provider (IT outsourcing)
  • the ability to dynamically add or subtract required functionalities, depending on the current needs of the company
  • the possibility of unification and simplification of organizational procedures related to use

Technological advancement

  • reliable enterprise access to a high quality ERP platform, necessary IT infrastructure and related IT services
  • no need to use complicated and expensive software for remote access
  • high level of security in the collection, processing, transmission and archiving of data
  • the possibility of professional and flexible technical support
  • constant access to the most up-to-date versions of the ERP platform (taking into account fiscal and legal changes, noticed errors, etc.), and subsequent updates of the version take place in an imperceptible way for the user, without requiring the need to install additional client software
  • high scalability (in terms of the number of users) and flexibility of configuration according to individual needs
  • possibility of using the functionally advanced ERP platform, available so far mainly for large enterprises
  • the ability to improve performance (depending on the bandwidth of the Internet)
  • significant independence from the type and performance of users’ computer hardware and system software used by the company
  • reducing the occurrence of conflicts resulting from the diversity of hardware and system configurations among users

Andrzej Więcławski