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SaaS offers a more customizable experience than traditional out-of-the-box solutions

3/10/2015

Every business has its own unique challenges, and that means there is no exact blueprint for managers to follow that will guide them through their specific situation. Unfortunately, many out-of-the-box management solutions leave managers without the flexibility they need to meet their business's individual needs.

That's why many managers are turning to SaaS solutions: They are agile and offer an unprecedented level of customization that will give managers and employees more control over the various inventory management processes. Here are some ways in which an SaaS solution can give you the customization you need for accurate management and reporting.

"Most out-of-the-box software solutions follow a one-size-fits-all model."

The system can grow as the business grows
Most out-of-the-box software solutions follow a one-size-fits-all model. Regardless of your business's size, you're stuck with the functionality and storage space the solution allows. This means that as your business grows or contracts, your software won't be able to adapt with you.

SaaS solutions have differentiated themselves from their ERP counterparts by being both scalable and elastic. As your business grows, you can simply pay for more storage space within the vendor's data center. Conversely, if your operation shrinks, you can downsize your subscription. You'll only pay for what you use.

Customizable dashboards and modifiable reports
Every business is different, and so their supply chain management needs will be unique to their particular operation. Thus, it can be a challenge to find a solution that is perfectly suited to fit your exact requirements, especially in a rigid, out-of-the-box solution.

An SaaS solution, on the other hand, allows users to design their processes based on their individual needs. In the case of supply chain management software, it gives managers the ability to customize their list of suppliers, the units they order or produce and the reports they create. This is essential for ensuring that supply chain management is done accurately and reliably.

Easy for SaaS vendors to make updates based on user feedback
Updates for out-of-the-box solutions are generally infrequent and difficult to implement due to hardware considerations. For this reason, vendors in this space tend to be very slow when it comes to incorporating user feedback into the software.

Because SaaS solutions are accessed through the Internet, and require no special hardware or on-premise software, vendors are usually more open to customer feedback. In addition, they are able to make changes that suit their users with less time in between updates.