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Does your ERP Software have a full HTML5 client – and why it should!

Richard Duffy | November 17, 2014

Back in 2012, Philippe Le Hégare (plh@w3.org) the Interaction Domain Leader at the World Wide Web Consortium gave a presentation on the significance of HTML5 as a technology in the development of the web and make the point that HTML5 will become a standard in 2014.

We are now there and HTML5 has become the new standard for the delivery of content via the web browser and has eclipsed the use of Flash for multimedia and rich client experiences — some might say in part because of Apple’s steadfast refusal to support Flash on IOS.

Does your ERP Software have a full HTML5 client - and why it should!

HTML5 clients allow Cloud ERP solutions like Acumatica to help you unlock your business potential – and drive down costs of operation

But whatever the reason it is clear that the last bastion of the client platform (you can’t build a rich interactive UI) has how been breached and through the utilization of supporting HTML5 programming methods and standards such as the use of AJAX, SOAP and REST that building a truly stateless , rich and interactive client that works effectively on high latency, low bandwidth connections (ie a generic Internet connection) is now possible.

So if the technology barriers are holding your current ERP vendor back, then its probably a good time to do a review of your future direction and what you should be doing to take advantage of these new technologies.

Now, I have never been an advocate for technology for its own sake, except maybe when I bought my first computer and fell in love with it (that was a Commodore 64 back in 1986), so then logic would dictate why should you place any emphasis on this technology discussion and give it your consideration.

In my view, based on talking with customers, it comes down to 3 letters – T C O – Total Cost of Ownership.

If you think about many of the things that you or your users or even your customers and partners have been asking for, many of them are linked to secure remote web based access to the information that is in many cases, locked up inside your ERP system.

This, in itself is an interesting dilemma as the promise of ERP was alway about empowering your people, no matter where they sit and no matter if they were employees or external stakeholders.

But many attempts to do this with yesterdays technologies have failed or at least been incredibly expensive to built and deploy.

This is where the new generation of Cloud ERP and Cloud Accounting Software applications built with complete web based architectures – web application servers, HTML5 clients and Web Services based integration – have come to the rescue and are significantly driving down the cost of implementing these systems and unlocking the business potential of small and midsize businesses.

Take a look at Acumatica, our Cloud ERP solution…it provides the functionality that may vendors are still promising in 2 – 3 years from now (if then) – I have put together a presentation covering this topic and showing you how ERP has evolved to where we are today – Cloud ERP and Cloud Accounting Software with the functionality you need to run your business effectively and profitably and web based technology to help drive down your Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and boost your Return on Investment or ROI.

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Former VP - Partner Strategy and Enablement at Acumatica. ERP evangelist and SAP Mentor.

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