The Future of ERP: SAP, Plex and Rootstock

Much of the press the last few weeks has concerned SAP and other vendors as user conferences were everywhere in May. SAP’s Business ByDesign SaaS solution has been getting a lot of visibility. Another to note is Plex Systems.

While Plex Systems’ install base primarily has a North American focus currently, we expect this to change soon. Plex is a true multi-tenant solution and much larger entities are looking to Plex as a replacement solution for older on-premise ERP solutions. Many of their users are highly impressed by this ERP solution and some suggest that Plex Systems make their PaaS development toolset available to systems integrators and resellers, and to also accelerate their rollout into other vertical markets.

Another growing player in the future of ERP is Rootstock Software. Rootstock has an ERP suite built on the NetSuite cloud and NetSuite development tools. Rootstock, like Plex, has its roots on the shop floor, not the back office. In Rootstock’s case, the product uses the NetSuite applications (e.g., Financials, CRM and HR) while building out their own core products. The Rootstock software has approximately 2995 custom fields, 93 database/tables and 202 suite-lets.

Bottom line: Vendors like Rootstock will be particularly disconcerting to older on-premise vendors. Their ability to create big, functionally rich application suites fast is their core competency: a competency that is made possible via a powerful platform as a service (PaaS).

These two players are definitely ERP vendors to watch.

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