We wrote about hosted ERP systems a while back, and it’s getting more and more clear that the the ERP cloud is only getting denser. It’s evident in proprietery ERP solutions, where NetSuite, a cloud-only ERP offering is stealing customers away from traditional, on premise ERP vendors, and it’s evident in the open source ERP industry, as all major vendors are offering a hosted version of their ERP offering.
The latest addtition to the ever growing potroflio of on-demand ERP solutions is coming from Openbravo. OB now offers a cloud appliance, which is a pre-packed stack of everything you need to run Openbravo ERP, all easily deployed on pyshical hardware or virtual machines (did anyone say Amazon Web Services?).
We already reported about Compiere’s cloud edition, and OpenERP have been offering a hosted ERP solution for a while now. For small-medium businesses, a cloud (or Software as a Service) solution is an attractive alternative to on-premise business software. A recent Granter sturdy shows that SaaS sfowtare is grwoing in popularity, although SaaS ERP growth has been flat. For the SME market, though, cloud business software is more attractive than for the large enterprise market.