6 Key Considerations for SaaS ERP Selection for Manufacturers

SaaS ERP is designed for small to medium sized companies who do not have the resources and/or the budget for an expensive on premise ERP solutions and this is an especially attractive option for small and mid-sized manufacturers. Why? Because there are many benefits that come along with a SaaS ERP implementation such as rapid implementation, significant cost savings, easy access to data, and much more; but if you don’t select the right system to begin with you’re going to have a hard time reaping those benefits.

Here are 6 of the most important things to consider as you evaluate your SaaS ERP options:

Your size:

There are many SaaS ERP systems on the market today, you can look at solutions from a revenue standpoint; Epicor Express for example is well-suited for companies with up to $50 million in revenue. You can also look at this in terms of the number of employees you have; Epicor Express ERP does will in businesses with 0-roughly 250 employees.

 Your style:

This is an extremely important factor to consider to ensure you’re actually reaping the benefits you’re after.  Epicor Express ERP supports the following manufacturing styles:

  • Repetitive
  • Discrete
  • Job shops
  • Configure-to-order
  • Make-to-order
  • Engineer-to-order
  • Mixed mode
  • Process-batch

Related Reading: The Case for Cloud ERP in Manufacturing

Your industry:

Every industry has their own set of unique requirements and if the system you choose does not help you comply with regulations or give you what you need for competitive advantage in your specific vertical, you could be shooting yourself in the foot. Here are the industries served by Epicor Express ERP.

  • Aerospace/defense
  • Automotive
  • Consumer products
  • Distribution
  • Electronics
  • High technology
  • Industrial machinery
  • Medical products
  • Metal fabrication
  • Plastics/rubber
  • Stone/concrete
  • Transportation equipment

What are you looking for in An ERP System? ERP Software Evaluation Template

Your required functionality:

The beauty of SaaS ERP solutions is that they are simple, but make sure the solution you choose is not so simple that it leaves you wanting for something you need. For example, Epicor Express ERP offers the following functionality

  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Production Management
  • Product Management
  • Material Management
  • Financial Management
  • Business Intelligence
  • On-Demand Business Architecture
  • General Ledger
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Multi-currency
  • Payroll
  • Executive Dashboard
  • Inventory Management
  • Advanced Inventory
  • Single & Multi-Level Engineering
  • Scheduling
  • Job Management
  • Customer Management
  • Document Management
  • Quote Management
  • Order Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Purchasing
  • Quality Assurance
  • Shop Floor Data Collection
  • Shipping
  • Auto Label / Print Control
  • Process Management

Your technical requirements:

Will the system work with your IT infrastructure? This is another place to really dig in and pay close attention. Look at not only your infrastructure but its ability to integrate with your other critical business systems.

Epicor Express is accessed from a web browser and does not require VPN, Citrix, or Terminal Servers. It’s accessible anywhere in the world where you have an internet connection, web browser, and user credentials to access the software. Users can work in either a desktop client (downloaded and available for a Microsoft Windows environment) or from a browser interface (available for both Microsoft Windows and McIntosh Apple via Firefox or Safari web browsers). Epicor guarantees 99.5% system uptime excluding scheduled maintenance.

Your data:

Who owns your data? What happens if you choose to move to another system? Will you need to pay to gain control over YOUR data or will the company help you make the move as painlessly as possible? Unlike some cloud providers, Epicor does not hold your data for ransom. Customers who choose to discontinue use of Epicor Express after their subscription expires will be provided with a file containing their data within 30 days of service termination.

Your data security

Data security is one of the most common reasons some companies stay away from Cloud ERP, so make sure you choose a system that provides you and your data with the highest possible level of security. Epicor Express is hosted in a SAS 70 II certified data center located in Irvine, CA. A second data center in Denver, CO is used for backup data storage. Data centers provide failover capabilities with redundancy and automated back-ups. Your data is secured using 128-bit encryption.

There is quite a bit to think about and learn before selecting a SaaS ERP system, the white paper below sheds a bit more light on the subject of why companies choose to move to the cloud and the potential benefits of making the move.

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