Enterprise Resource Planning Systems allow organizations to manage (and in some cases automate) their core processes. ERPs may be leveraged in HR, finance, supply chain and manufacturing processes, or all of the above. Corporations rely on ERPs to provide benefits as varied as security and compliance management to collaboration and reporting.
Advanced manufacturers, banks, and hospitals are just a few of the industries that rely heavily on ERPs for everything from data storage to reporting to patient records.
Common ERPs include Oracle ERP Cloud, Microsoft Dynamics 365, and SAP ERP, although there are many more options available. And while these are incredibly powerful systems, they come with an equally incredible price tag. For enterprise-level businesses, it’s a bargain. But it makes the barrier for entry incredibly high for small and mid-size businesses that could otherwise benefit from some or all of these features.
FileMaker can offer an incredibly high degree of customization while also acting as a reasonable entry point into the world of ERPs. It works as a composable ERP– acting as the backbone while businesses can purchase the modules they need.Claris FileMaker provides:
High Degrees of Customization
Claris FileMaker allows for highly customized relational databases to fit the specific needs of virtually any requirement. While businesses may struggle to force their processes around out-of-the-box solutions, FileMaker can mold to these systems. It can do all this while providing many of the benefits of a traditional ERP, with comparatively minimal development and deployment costs.
Similarly, Claris FileMaker will integrate with any existing system. Just as importantly, it will integrate any new apps or software you introduce after the fact. It takes the customization aspect a step further. ERPs tend to provide a massive amount of disparate, specific functions (which is perfect for large companies that have a need for each of these functions), while Claris FileMaker
FileMaker offers easy scalability as demands and needs increase. This is true not just from a systems perspective, but from a licensing perspective as well. Conversely, ERPs are designed for large corporations and may not scale down well for smaller operations.
FileMaker can be changed and adjust on the fly– in some cases, someone with limited experience could even make tweaks or updates. Its low-code nature makes in incredibly fast to navigate and use. While that’s great for novices, it also means that in the hands of a professional, overhauls and updates can happen several times faster than they could on other platforms. ERPs require longer set-up times.
Claris FileMaker does all this while offering lower licensing and maintenance fees. It makes the feature-rich environment of an ERP attainable for smaller businesses. It even provides ERP-like features for industries and businesses that wouldn’t be able to utilize an out-of-the-box ERP in the first place.
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