The software industry has gone through some big changes over the past decade. It has gone from out of the box purchasing to online subscribing; and from various software programs that don’t communicate to enterprise resource planning (ERP), that does. As a result, small and midsized businesses now have the opportunity to work on an extended software platform.
Welcome to the Extended Software Platform
The World Wide Web has again come to the rescue, offering up software as a service (SaaS). This is software that you don’t have to purchase; you can subscribe to it online, for a fee. It’s always updated so that you are working with the latest applications. What’s more, this enterprise software system integrates all of your software into one database or you can call it one platform, which is all-inclusive and distributed. But wait. As if that weren’t enough, this same platform is also automated. That means that all of your processing tasks, information and data, are transmitted swiftly. I know what you’re thinking, integrated, automated software. Yes, that’s exactly what I’m talking about.
If you have spent years, like many small and midsized firms have, working with packaged software, then you can really appreciate where I’m coming from. This is where software is today and this enterprise software system, ERP, represents the largest software market for small and midsized businesses. And, that’s significant. There was a time when smaller firms couldn’t get their hands on this software system, because it was so expensive. It had to be installed on-site, at your place of business and that meant putting in software, servers and storage space. The whole process cost big bucks, hundreds of thousands of dollars and even into the millions. But now, an online version of ERP is available and it’s no longer business as usual.
So, today, when someone asks what type of extended software platform are you working on, it won’t seem so unusual. Yes, there are still businesses that are working with out of the box software and some of them may appear a little confused, but a great many of them will respond in kind; we’re working on an enterprise platform. Software as a service is changing the way companies and other organizations do business today. And they are getting more done, saving time and being more productive, in the process. Who would have thought that you wouldn’t have to purchase software anymore, not unless you really want to.
An enterprise software platform can take your business to another level. It can help you to share, collaborate and communicate information and data to others, within and without your business. And this information and data is quickly transmitted with real-time visibility. This software system is a game changer. You can use it not only to enhance your business, but to grow it as well. It’s smart to take the opportunity to learn more about it and to see a demo of the system in action, if you haven’t already done so yet.
The extended software platform is here and it’s ERP. Isn’t it about time you found out about it?