What types of ERPs and ERP vendors are there?

Finding a suitable ERP system is a huge challenge. Here are some tips for choosing the right ERP vendor.
Guy Van Wilder

Types of ERP systems

The platform used to install the ERP system is important here. Some SMEs prefer to install their ERP on their own servers (on-premises), other companies opt for implementation in the cloud, or choose  a hybrid model that allows them to have the best of both worlds.

SAP partner Amista helps you to understand and weigh up the different types of ERP software. The choice you make affects the availability of the ERP system, the costs, and the implementation, among other things.

On-premises ERP system

On-premises means at the location. An on-premises ERP package is installed on the in-house servers and data is stored there too.

Cloud ERP system

The ERP software is installed on a third-party server and is managed there. The ERP system us available via the Internet.

Hybrid ERP system

hybrid ERP system offers the best of both worlds. A safe environment for the data and a flexible way of working.

Which ERP vendors are available?

When choosing an ERP system it is best not to make rash decisions. There are ERP systems by nationally and internationally renowned software companies, such as SAP, Microsoft, Odoo, Exact, and Sage. The choice depends on what exactly you need, activities and budget. These are important factors to consider when choosing an ERP partner.

  • What is your sector?
    Many different sectors have their own specific ERP systems. An ERP system should be perfectly aligned with your business processes.
  • Which platform?
    The choice between an on-premises, cloud, or hybrid ERP system affects the availability of the ERP system, the costs, and the implementation.
  • Number of users?
    Not every ERP system is designed to support a large volume of users.
  • Flexibility of the ERP system?
    When choosing an ERP package, it is important to bear in mind upgrades and the option to expand or customise the package.
  • Integration of modules?
    In order to work effortlessly with all the specific modules (add-ons) in an ERP system, it is crucial that these modules are integrated properly.
  • How much does implementation cost?
    Without doubt: the available budget per employee and the total budget for the implementation of the system.
  • What should you consider when choosing an ERP vendor?
    When orienting, keep in mind you need an ERP system that supports your company as well as its growth. SAP Business One is a great example. This is a standard solution that grows with your business through integrable models, in any sector.


Why do SMEs need SAP ERP?

Why have 195,000 customers in 120 countries chosen SAP? The answer: intelligent technology, leadership in business software, and four decades of innovation. Remarkable: 80% of these customers are small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Some advantages of an SAP ERP

  • Fast: An SAP ERP system can be implemented quickly, and is simple to use – thanks to the user-friendly interface.
  • Anywhere: SAP Business One can be used on-premises or in the cloud.
  • Flexible: SAP Business One is suitable for use on both SAP HANA® and Microsoft SQL server platforms, as desired.
  • Evolutionary: SAP Business One can be adapted and/or expanded to suit your growing business needs.

How to choose the right ERP vendor?

As mentioned, there is a huge range of ERP software, each with its own properties and specialisations. Are you unsure which software best suits your activities?

Our advice: make a wish list

First, start by deciding what you need. Formulate specific goals you want to achieve. Keeping these goals in mind makes the selection process much easier.

So make a wish list to which your choice must conform. What do you need today and in the future? For example, should your ERP system be linked to your accounting software, web shop, WMS, or other business software? Always map out all your requirements and tools properly. This will be an excellent foundation for your first conversation with an ERP vendor.

Would you like to find out more?

Amista will help you choose your ERP system.

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