After two months of local trials, Solomon Software this week launched its application service provider (ASP)-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) offering to users in Singapore.
The mid-market business management system vendor's initiative is designed to let small and medium organisations outsource the management of their Solomon ERP systems, explained Laurent Dedenis, general manager, Solomon Software Southeast Asia.
"By using an ASP solution, businesses here can get to use expensive products which they otherwise might not find economical to buy," he said. "Furthermore, small Singapore companies that experience fast growth might find that within a year they have outgrown the ERP software that they have bought. The ASP model provides an easy way to an ERP system that always fits their needs."
Dedenis said that Solomon Software is also targeting its ASP offering at multinational corporations just starting operations in Singapore and foreign companies with small operations here.
However, while enterprises in the country might find that the initial cost of attaining an ERP system through an ASP is cheaper, running costs do add up. The Solomon offering is charged at between $S1000 ($A930) to $S7000 ($A6500) per month depending on the plan which the customer opts for, said Dedenis.
"Large organisations have large groups of people managing their systems. They may also have their own data centre. But these are not available for small organisations. So through our offering we can manage the system and provide hosting services. Over time, with more customers onboard, economies of scale could set in."
According to Dedenis, this initiative allows smaller organisations to concentrate on their businesses (instead of managing their IT infrastructures), instantly upgrade and deploy business applications across the entire organisation, and protect their technology investment.
Solomon Software is partnering with the national broadband network Singapore ONE, software vendor Citrix, and distributor SWSoft Singapore, to offer the service which is being deployed over the Singapore ONE network. Client desktops can either use Citrix's thin-client software, WinFrame or MetaFrame, or Microsoft's WinNT Terminal Server to access the applications.
To create awareness of the offering, at the Microsoft Windows 2000 launch in Singapore on March 2 and 3, Solomon Software will provide a demonstration designed to let visitors understand how to manage their IT infrastructure through ASPs.