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Manufacturers are Looking to the Cloud: Part 3

Major Players in Cloud ERP

As cloud computing continues to dominate the discussion of manufacturing ERP, several major players have emerged, with Salesforce becoming the premier platform.

It’s no surprise that Amazon and Google are both vying to become big players in cloud computing. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is an IaaS. NewsCorp plans to move 75 percent of its physical infrastructure into the AWS cloud over a three-year period. Info is one cloud ERP vendor based on AWS. Meanwhile, Google Cloud Platform is a set of modular cloud-based services that lets you to create anything from simple websites to complex applications. Google Cloud Platform’s list of products is smaller than AWS and focuses mainly on classic IaaS and PaaS services.

Not to be outdone, Microsoft has released Azure, their cloud computing platform and infrastructure for building, deploying and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. It provides both Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and supports different programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems.

Some cloud ERP vendors are offered on Netsuite’s SuiteCloud platform, which offers customizability, but can be complicated and time-consuming to configure. Plex is a multi-tenant SaaS model focused on three sectors: motor vehicles, food and beverage, and aerospace and defense, but it is limited by reliance on internal developers.

SAP and Oracle are the traditional leaders of on-premise ERP systems and they are perceived by industry analysts as late to the cloud. SAP recently released both an IaaS and PaaS products, the latter letting customers and partners extend existing applications (either cloud or on-premise apps) and create applications that deliver new capabilities. Oracle has its own Oracle Cloud Platform, which is also a PaaS.

However, Salesforce stands out as one of the best-known cloud computing companies. Forbes magazine has ranked it the most innovative company in America every year since 2011. Salesforce’s cloud platform has experienced incredible growth and now supports nearly every part of a business, from sales to manufacturing. In fact, the Salesforce ecosystem has become a kind of industry in and of itself; software developers are constantly creating new apps for the platform to expand the reach of the platform and add to their customers’ experience.

As many companies are looking to move their systems to the cloud, they also want cloud-based software that can be easily integrated with other apps. Salesforce has a huge lead over its competitors when it comes to ecosystem and platform maturity, as it clearly has the most applications, customers, revenue and advanced features, making it the clear market leader, said Gartner.


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