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SMBs see vertical ERP technology vendors meeting specialty needs
This article is part of the Business Information issue of August 2018, Vol. 6, No. 4
SMB ERP system users are constantly faced with difficult choices as technologies advance and pressures mount to be effective while being cost-effective. Stay on premises or migrate to the cloud? Keep the old system with occasional upgrades or go entirely in vogue? Rely on a large ERP vendor or a small specialty software maker? Specialty ERP technology vendors don't have the big marketing budgets, massive user bases and mindshare, but they meet a critical need for their users and continue to thrive. Outside their specific verticals, specialty ERP vendors may not be very well-known; their customers typically are SMBs. But these vendors employ multiple strategies, such as satisfying specific feature requests and supporting new technologies, to keep their customers happy. Swedish-based ERP technology vendor IFS, for example, develops systems for manufacturing, distribution and asset management. For comparison's sake, IFS has about 3,500 employees, compared to Oracle's 138,000 and SAP's 91,000-plus. IFS customer Chief Industries is a...
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