We’ve been discussing the factors to consider when choosing your SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) solution for SMEs in Kenya. We’re continuing with part 2 of the discussion, you can find part 1 Here
To recap, the first 2 factors are:
- Solution Cost
- Solution setup time & risk
To read more about factors 1 and 2 click here Here
Nowadays, it’s more frequent to hear terms like “SaaS” (Software as a Service) or “Cloud Solution”. The services are transforming SMEs in Kenya through information technology today. SaaS is an alternative to the standard software installation on customer premises. It is now possible to have a data warehouse in the cloud that you can access with business intelligence software running as a service, and connect to a cloud-based ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV or any other industry-specific software solution, such as Health MIS (Management Information System) software solution for Health SME’s e.g. Dispensaries, Pharmacies etc.
Although the term SaaS is not strictly equivalent to the term “cloud” solution because local software license also pays in the cloud, in this blog we’ll use both terms.
What is an ERP
When you search on the web “ERP” the large amount of information that emerges can be overwhelming, not to mention a bit of confusion. Each site seems to have its own definition of ERP and ERP implementation can vary greatly from the next. These differences however, emphasize the flexibility that ERP can make a powerful business tool.
For a deeper understanding of how ERP solutions can transform your business, it helps to get a better sense of what is ERP and how it works. Here is a brief introduction to ERP because it seems that everyone is talking about.