Saas Technology for Smes

Topics: Enterprise resource planning, Software as a service / Pages: 17 (4196 words) / Published: Jan 30th, 2013
| SaaS Technology for SMEs | Kriti Soral |

Table of Contents Introduction 2 Small and Medium sized Enterprises 2 SMEs in India 3 SMEs and ERP 3 Barriers to implementation of ERP systems in SME’s 4 Strategies used 5 Saas Technology 5 Advantages of SaaS for SMEs 6 SaaS Vendors 7 Case Studies 7 SAP for 10 Users Company- Heckler & Koch GB 7 SaaS ERP for Oxford Bookstore 9 References 10

Introduction
Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) can mostly be considered as responsible for driving the competition prevailing in economic sectors. The definition and standards of a SME is different for different countries. These enterprises play an important role in setting the market trends and with this a need of using Enterprise Resources and Planning systems (ERP) for optimizing and automating their traditional business processes has aroused. But often ERP systems development, implementation and maintenance are very costly which makes it difficult for SMEs to use them. As a solution to these problems ERP system vendors now offer all the facilities of ERP system to the company without actually installing the hardware and software on the client side and this facility is referred to as Saas technology. This paper discusses SMEs of India, barriers of implementing ERP in SMEs, strategies used by ERP vendors and brief description of SaaS technology.
Small and Medium sized Enterprises
SME sector has been identified as an accelerator for economic growth across the globe. SMEs are generally classified as the firms requiring low investment requirement, operational flexibility, location wise mobility, and import substitution (Govt. of India).
The definition and standards of a SME is different for different countries. A micro, small and medium sized enterprise is defined according to their annual turnover, balance sheet total and staff headcount (Europa).
SMEs as referred to industry Canada are enterprises that have employees less than 500

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