You need an ERP solution to manage your shop, drive efficiency, and boost your bottom line. Making the decision to implement manufacturing ERP software is only the first step in the process, however. After you decide you need ERP, the next big question is whether to implement an in-house solution or utilize a web-based ERP system.
Many manufacturing shops assume that an in-house, on-premise ERP installation is preferable because it is more secure and offers more control than a web-based solution. That is not always the case, however.
In fact, there are many reasons why a web-based solution could be the better choice for your shop. Below are a few reasons why you should think web-based for your ERP purchase:
Limited capital investment.
One of the challenges with an on-premise, in-house ERP solution is the upfront cost. You have to buy the software, which is usually priced by the seat or by the number of user licenses. You also may have purchased a server to house the manufacturing software and possibly new computers. Moreover, you may need a service agreement to get ongoing support from the vendor. Those costs can add up fast.
With a web-based manufacturing software solution, you get one predictable cost for access. You do not need servers or other equipment because the software is not being housed in your facility. You may need computers, but you also may be able to access the software via mobile devices. That flexibility all adds up to a lower upfront investment for web-based solutions.
There’s an assumption that in-house solutions are more secure than web-based solutions. The perception is that “the cloud” is vulnerable to hacks and other threats. That is not usually the case, though.
Web-based systems can be monitored and updated from one central location by software experts. The security can be enhanced instantly. In most cases, web-based solutions have a very high level of security that most shops could not afford to install on their local, in-house platforms.
Scalability to grow with your shop.
Finally, perhaps the greatest benefit of web-based ERP is its flexibility. Your shop’s needs can change quickly. While you may only need two seats today, you may need more in the future.
With a web-based ERP solution, you can instantly scale up to meet your needs. If you outgrow your current plan, you simply upgrade to a new one. No need to buy additional software or install a new server. You can have a more robust system in a matter of minutes.
If you are looking for a Web-Based solution for your custom or make-to-order shop, contact Shoptech today. An E2 expert can walk you through the E2 Shop System and you can get a look inside our Web-Based solution!