Why choose a Cloud ERP ?

Softwares in SaaS (“Software as a Service”) mode are rapidly spreading across companies, and are becoming the norm. Everyone has now access to online solutions, whether through a company software, a social network, or a smartphone application.

This tendency also applies to the ERP market. While they are not yet the norm, digitalization leads more and more companies to implement Cloud ERP.
Discover the specificities of SaaS ERP and the best reasons to choose an online business solution.

Differences between Cloud and On-premise ERP

Different installation and access procedures

An on-premise ERP is installed on the company’s own servers and workstations.
Hosted on the editor’s servers (or a specialized service provider’s servers), a SaaS ERP software can be accessed through a web browser.
A third and hybrid procedure also exists: hosted on the company’s servers, the Cloud ERP can be accessed through a web browser without being installed on all workstations.

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Different billing terms

On-premise ERP

The software license price is paid in full from the start, for a “permanent” use, excluding recurrent costs for services such as support, training… or custom developments that may be needed later on.

SaaS ERP

You gain access to the service by paying a yearly or monthly fee, to which additional costs such as support or training may be add…

Axelor’s ERP being Open Source, its billing is different. The software is free, there is no license cost at all.
Only recurrent services such maintenance will be charged monthly if you subscribe to them. For the Cloud mode, you will only pay for outsourcing and hosting fees.

What makes Axelor’s Cloud ERP unique is that, being Open Source, you may decide at any time to locally download the application and take control over it, as you have access to all source codes.

Benefits of a Cloud ERP

An On-premise ERP is a valid choice for certain companies in certain contexts. Yet, a management solution in SaaS mode offers multiple advantages.

Simple and fast implementation

A Cloud ERP does not require any software to be installed on the company’s servers or workstations, as it is accessed through a web browser.
Implementation is thus a lot simpler, and faster. Implementation costs are also reduced, with fewer internal resources needed.

Reduced initial investments

With a Cloud ERP, initial investments are drastically reduced, if not non-existent. The company doesn’t need to invest in specific servers or workstations, and doesn’t need to pay the whole ownership cost from the start, as it would have in the case of a proprietary software.

With a SaaS ERP, costs are spread over time, and can easily be calculated on the long term.

The difference between Cloud and On-premise global costs for the whole lifecycle of a software may vary depending on several factors such as the service provider, your company’s specificities, or the project’s scale.

The Axelor solutions being Open Source and license-free, estimating costs over the next few years becomes so much easier.

Frequent and automatic updates

A Cloud ERP benefits from frequent and automatic technical and security updates. There is no need for installation on servers or workstations anymore.

With a locally installed ERP, you have full control over your data, yet it is also up to you to ensure its safety. However, with a SaaS solution, data safety is the editor’s or integrator’s responsibility.

A mobile ERP

Unlike a solution installed on a specific workstation, a business software in SaaS mode can be accessed on any mobile device with a web browser.
Axelor’s ERP is perfectly suited for the Cloud and fully responsive, thanks to its modern architecture.
Your users can access their data even when travelling, using their portable devices.

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