In a nutshell, on-demand ERP is like Google documents. The user can login with a Google username and password and then he/she can use all the features of Word, Excel and Powerpoint. On-site ERP is like Microsoft Office installed in a computer. An installation disk and a dedicated storage space are required in order to install it before using it. The only difference in case of ERP is that, the company needs to pay a subscription for on-demand ERP, according to the usage.
When it comes to functionality, both on-demand ERP and on-site ERP are virtually identical. There is not much difference. The choice of deployment depends on other factors. Companies need to invest in IT infrastructure, when they go for On-site ERP. The investment required is directly proportional to the scale of solution requested. On-site ERP can be customized completely as per the needs and they are available in the market for more than a decade now. On an average, it takes ten to fourteen months to implement an on-site ERP solution. It takes long-term commitment to realize the return on investment.
Companies that don’t want to invest in IT infrastructure can go for on-demand ERP. On-demand ERP is quicker and easier to implement than an on-site ERP and they are hosted on the cloud. Companies that operate from across different sites can benefit a lot from the on-demand ERP, as it is cloud based and can be accessed from anywhere online. By simply paying a subscription monthly / annually, companies can enjoy all the features of on-demand ERP without the hassle of maintaining back-ups, software updates and support issues. ERP solution providers like Ramco Systems are continuously working towards improvising the features and type of solutions that they offer to the clients, on the cloud.
Thanks to the ease of use and widely available customizing features, more and more small and medium businesses are opting for on-demand ERP solutions. Most of these growing companies feel that, on-demand ERP improves their process efficiency and helps manage their data consistently and accurately.