New ERP Cloud & SaaS Computing Research guide by Eval-Source

New ERP Cloud & SaaS Computing buyer’s guide by Eval-Source

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Cloud computing and software as a service (SaaS) have become accepted ways to provision software, yet much confusion still exists about these two methods of software deployment and their actual meanings. Organizations are ready to commit to utilizing the cloud but are unsure of where to start and what options are available. Now that cloud has become mainstream technology, organizations are faced with the increasingly complex task of calculating a true total cost of ownership (TCO) and the return on investment (ROI) a cloud solution can bring.

Cloud computing and SaaS are evolving so quickly that certain SaaS solutions are more readily available than ever before. It was not that long ago that certain applications were not available as SaaS or cloud options at all. Traditional on-premise vendors have embraced the shift towards the cloud and are offering complete enterprise resource planning (ERP) product suites. ERP vendors now offer a diverse range of options to accommodate the main types of ERP classifications, such as process, discrete, mixed mode, and engineered- to-order. The increasing number of vendors offering ERP as a cloud/SaaS solution enables organizations to better align their business needs with the correct software and IT that supports their specific requirements.

This guide was created to help organizations by clearing up some of the misconceptions and by clarifying certain aspects companies should be aware of when purchasing an ERP cloud or SaaS solution. One of the main purposes of the guide is to provide education and awareness on cloud and SaaS computing. The Eval-Source Cloud/Saas buyer’s guide will examine such factors as key vendors identification, vendor descriptions and target markets, the cloud software market landscape, cloud computing and SaaS benefits, important market trends that could impact software-buying decisions, security, TCO, functionality, and definitions. The information presented in this guide provides organizations with a detailed summary of the most accurate information possible to help them make a well-educated software-buying decision.

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