According to a new IFS-sponsored study, executives at middle market to large industrial companies are less interested in implementing ERP software through subscription-based SaaS than on-premises implementations or exploring a private cloud delivery system.

The study, “Cloud Hosting Preferences for ERP Software,” is based on a survey of 200 North American industrial executives conducted by Advantage Business Media. It examines attitudes and implementation plans of executives at industrial companies with more than $50 million in revenue,

The study showed that levels of interest for SaaS were relatively low compared to other provisioning systems. Moreover, the number of respondents that said they were “very interested” in SaaS was a quarter of the number saying they were “very interested” in on premises systems.

While the majority expressed some degree of familiarity with SaaS, respondents did not indicate they planned to switch to SaaS-based ERP in any significant numbers.

That said, more than 64 percent of respondents expressed some degree of interest in ERP through private cloud, while only 50 percent expressed any degree of interest in SaaS ERP.

 “It is clear that despite the general interest for SaaS solutions, most companies still prefer more traditional delivery methods for ERP,” said IFS North America chief technology officer Rick Veague. “SaaS, private cloud and on-premise implementations each offer their distinct advantages, with SaaS holding more appeal for best of breed solutions than for ERP. This is very much in line with our philosophy and the choices IFS offers between various cloud delivery systems.”

The full study is available for free download at: 

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