BizSlate Cloud ERP SaaS Promises Order Processing Time Drop
BizSlate has released the beta version of its cloud-based ERP SaaS that puts supply chain management into the hands of SMBs. According to the company, BizSlate ERP can reduce the time to do order processing by up to 90 percent.
No average reduction in time was given, but considering how much time can be put into processing orders instead of doing something more productive that provides more value to the business, a possible significant reduction seems to be a good thing. At the same time, some vendors are experiencing significant growth in the cloud-based ERP market — vendors such as NetSuite (NYSE: N), which saw its cloud-based ERP revenues increase by 29 percent in Q2 2012. Whether that means BizSlate and other vendors in the space will see similar increases in revenue is anybody’s guess, but ERP — like so many other business applications — is finding its niche in the cloud, and the opportunities for vendors and channel partners are expanding.
BizSlate is targeting its ERP SaaS at SMBs in the hopes of putting them on the same level as enterprises when it comes to their supply chain management and sophisticated ERP operations.
“Until now, they have been at a competitive disadvantage vis-à-vis large enterprises, as sophisticated ERP efficiencies have been well beyond their means,” said Marc Kalman, BizSlate founder and CEO, in a prepared statement. “Our core principle is to engage our users in the design process — the BizSlate beta already incorporates operational feedback from 17 alpha-testing companies.”
Kalman has a good point, in that a lot of ERP solutions have been out of the hands of SMBs, but as ERP continues to push to the cloud, it’s not surprising that is changing. One has to wonder how long the “even keel” argument is going to last in the business world and when SMBs will have exactly the same solutions available to them as enterprises.
For those looking for a cloud-based ERP solution but aren’t ready to commit without testing it out, BizSlate has a 10-day trial available. However, there’s a big catch. Any user that that want to get into the beta must agree to a minimum one-year production contract and pay at least 50 percent of those fees on the eleventh day of use.