ERP - Software Vendors
Enterprise Software Vendor - Process
The goal of any enterprise software vendor is to sell applications specifically designed and developed to help businesses run more efficiently. Businesses look to an enterprise software vendor to provide unique software which will organize, manage, and run their organization in order to increase both productivity and earnings.
An enterprise software vendor will provide software that assists small or large businesses succeed. Whether it is database technology, operating systems, enterprise content-management solutions, or even business-intelligence tools, these enterprise software vendors provide the software that makes businesses run better. The objective of an enterprise software vendor is to implement business specific software for their customer's network and then integrate it with that business’ existing infrastructure. A software vendor will also provide customer technological support to ensure that the enterprise software runs exactly the way it was designed.
Major organizations like IBM and Microsoft, Oracle, and Sun Microsystems are clearly considered an important segment of a group of enterprise software vendors that exist in today’s market. Each one of these companies has created a separate department to provide enterprise software that can be used by themselves and by other businesses.
Businesses require an enterprise software vendor to come up with a product which will add to their individual profit margin. At the same time, these customers are demanding that the costs of maintaining this software be kept down, while the vendor stays current and flexible -constantly adapting the product they have designed to a market that is defined by changing business goals.
Today’s software enterprise vendor is increasing the sophistication of the product being offered. While the purpose of this new complexity is ostensibly to present a better service, many in the industry believe this latest round of development is taking place mainly in order for the vendor to confuse customers by creating an insignificant separation between itself and other enterprise vendors. As a result, choosing one enterprise software vendor above another has become increasingly difficult and is keeping the price for software solutions artificially high.
The complaint of high costs is also plaguing the actual maintenance arrangements between an enterprise software vendor and its business customers. Maintenance arrangements almost always involve varied computations difficult to calculate. Each contract consists of numerous terms and conditions such as price increase clauses and caps, and differentiations between contracts that are renewable or not. Sometimes the terms and conditions protect the customer, but the industry complaint is that more often they seem to be built in to insure a profit for the particular enterprise software vendor.