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ERPAG vs Custom ERP Development

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  • by Anastasiia Mikula
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ERPAG vs custom ERP

Every business company has its own workflow with particular projects and daily tasks. Sometimes the amount of work is enormous and hard to be managed by employees. That’s why business owners tend to implement software solutions to manage all work processes and optimize the productivity of the company in general. ERP or Enterprise Resource Planning is a system that dilutes and balances the resources of a company automatically. It contains the required management tools for different work processes like HR, sales, financial, and other needed options.

In this article, we will talk about a ready-made ERP solution ERPAG and also compare its pros and cons to the implementation of a custom ERP system, in your business.

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Ready-made or custom ERP?
Also, have a look at the set of articles where we described the common ready-made ERPs – Dynamics 365, ERPNext, Dolibarr, and compared them to custom ERP development.

What is ERPAG?

ERPAG is a cloud ready-made ERP solution for small and medium business companies. It is usually called an all-in-one ERP system. It can suit different business industries like education, retails, and many others. To say a few words about its common features, they are manufacturing, sales, finance, BI ( Business Intelligence), and inventory management. It also provides report generation to track customers’ activities. ERPAG as any other ERP system helps to manage and optimize all work processes and reduce the number of human resources. Moreover, this solution can be easily integrated with APIs like Google Mail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Microsoft, Magento, WooCommerce, Shopify, QuickBooks, Square, Stripe, and others. ERPAG has three different paid subscriptions – basic, standard, and premium. We will talk later about the prices` details and the conditions they provide. This ready-made ERP suits different operating systems like Windows, Mac, and Linux. ERPAG is implemented to digitize and automate work processes and make the workflow of the whole company more efficient and productive.

However, as ERPAG is a ready-made solution it can not meet all company`s demands accurately. So it has its own advantages and disadvantages that are based on the reviews from companies that have experience with this solution.

ERPAG system

ERPAG Pros & Cons

According to customer reviews, we covered the common pros and cons of ERPAG using in the business process. The decision whether it is worth implementing or not is up to you.

Pros:

  • Full-featured MRP system included;
  • Handles a wide range of features like inventory, financial and sales management;
  • Prices suitable for small businesses;
  • Cloud technology enables mobile computing and gives the opportunity to use management tools from any device.

Cons:

  • Pricing plans are constantly increasing;
  • Retail and service industries are not well-served;
  • Not enough integration support;
  • Multi-currency financial operations don’t work accurately;
  • Poor quality of mobile version, especially inventory management tool;
  • There is no searching notes feature;
  • It suits only small or mid-sized companies.

ERPAG Features

Inventory management

This tool lets tracking all inventory available in the company by checking the serial number, quantity, and state. It also supports product variations, material-based items, and non-inventory items.

Manufacturing

ERPAG better suits small and medium-sized businesses. Management tools are available on different devices, including a mobile version. It helps manage work hours, tasks, and inventory.

Purchasing

ERPAG is a supply chain for small business companies. It includes minimal qty, back-ordering, automatic fulfillment combined with multiple suppliers, tiered pricing, and a multi-currency engine.

Sales and CRM management

ERPAG provides a full cycle of sales management for the company. It helps track opportunities, create complex estimations, and also contains price policy.

API integration

ERPAG can be integrated with:

  • Cloud Services like Google Mail, Google Calendar, Android App, etc;
  • Shippers like FEDEX, UPS
  • eCommerce like Shopify
  • Accounting like Quickbooks
  • Payment gateways like Stripe
  • Point of sale like Square

Finance management

ERPAG provides a wide range of financial tools and can be integrated with different financial operations. Among the main features are:

  • Invoicing
  • Purchase orders converting to supplier invoice
  • Actual costing
  • Manufacturing overhead cost
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ERPAG coverage
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ERPAG Pricing

Let’s get into more detail about ERPAG pricing plans and the features they provide for business companies.


Basic
This subscription is available only for 2 users and the price is $49 per one month or $490 per one year if you want to pay at once.
Standard
The standard plan includes 5 users and the cost is $79 per one month or $790 for the whole year if you desire to pay in advance.
Premium
The premium type of subscriptions is available for 20 users and the cost per user is $149 per one month or $1490 for one year that is cheaper. 

Now we would like to attract your attention to the development of a custom ERP solution. Of course, a ready-made solution seems to be much easier to implement, but would it be a perfect match for your company? Have a look at the benefits of using your own ERP system and decide if it would be profitable for your business.

What is Custom ERP Software?

When you feel that your company needs a digital transformation, it is crucial to define the main goals you want to reach with software integration. Business owners want to make the workflows of their companies automate, optimized, and with no errors. As you may have guessed, custom ERP is a perfect software solution for the digitalization of your business.

It can be created particularly to the requirements of your company and help you reach crucial business goals.

Custom ERP includes a wide range of features that can be performed exactly to your company’s needs. Among the common features are:

  • Clear integration
  • Hosting Options
  • Scalability
  • Flexibility
  • CRM and Sales Management
  • Finance and Accounting
  • HR Management
  • Inventory Management
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CUSTOM ERP DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
Read more about developing a custom ERP and its benefits in the article on our blog.

Benefits of custom ERP


Increase Productivity
As we mentioned before, human resources tend to make mistakes much more often than technological systems. ERP optimizes and automates some work processes to make them faster and more efficient. Also, this system eliminates the possibility of errors and inaccurate data delivery that can cause critical problems for the business. ERP is a kind of additional assistant for the employees that helps to track all business processes.
Accurate Forecasting
Forecasting is an important feature for all business areas. Predictions help to define the needs for investment, sales, or sales down, or any other financial activities. Also, ERP helps to forecast as accurately as it is possible, update with every new change, and thoroughly plan the following strategy and actions. Forecasting decreases the possibility of spending unnecessary costs and saving the company’s money.
Department Connection
Despite the number of departments, the organization needs to be united. It is important to keep the collaboration between different departments. It is a critical business need as often projects involve several departments simultaneously and they need to work unitedly. It means uninterrupted sharing of information. communication and collaboration. ERP helps to update the data in real-time to avoid mistakes between the different departments and make the work processes accurate.
Scalability
ERP systems grow together with your company. the bigger your organization becomes, the more requirements ERP gets. New employees mean new users and new data records. It is important to cover all amounts of new information and structure it. So you need to be sure that your ERP can be expanded with time and meet all your demands in the future.
Integrated Information
The main purpose of ERP implementation is to gather, manage, and maintain all information inside the company. Business projects, customer orders, employee data, daily operations, policies have to be recorded and saved in case of need. Also, ERP not just keeps this data safe but gathers and shows it in a single place.
Cost Saving
Making mistakes that cost a lot of money can cause serious problems for your business. ERP system helps to reduce costs and optimize budget as it replaces human resources in some work processes. Therefore, you can spend saved money on other urgent needs for your business. ERP helps to be smarter and predict unnecessary spendings. All you have to do is to implement the system your organization really needs.
Custom Repost Generation
ERP systems work accurately and make customized reports. How can it help your business? With accurate and improved reports, your company can respond to complex data requests much more easily. Generally, it improves the efficiency of work processes and makes them faster.
High Productivity
Automation of some work processes with ERP gives more free time for employees to cope with other tasks. They can perform them more accurately, sensitively, and scrupulous. the more attention workers pay to tasks and their details, the higher quality of the services you get. So with ERP, you can focus on other processes that matter instead of coping with numerous tasks with no enthusiasm.
Customer Service
Easy and fast access to customer information makes customer service improved and more productive. As ERP always updated the data, you will avoid mistakes and inaccuracies in the information. Also, ERP systems can have additional features like lead scoring that helps to search for good leads and track the status of marketing campaigns. All in all, ERP makes the relationships between your company and customers much better and efficient.
Data Reliability
The main advantage of ERP is access to information from different locations and devices, for example, in the case of cloud-based integration. Users will always be informed about the latest data updates and know the current situation. As ERP improves data consistency, you can be sure that it is safe and has no errors. If you want to make it even more secure, you can set different levels of data access for different departments and add built-in protection resources. This decreases the risk of your data being announced to third parties.
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Custom ERP integration
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Our expertise in ERP development

On our account, there are many cases where business companies needed ERP implementation. We developed an individual and unique software solution for each of them considering the requirements of their companies. That is why we have a rich experience in creating and implementing ERP in work processes to optimize and automate them.

Soljets – ERP for aircraft selling company

Soljets ERP screenshot

GBKSOFT developed the website for an aircraft selling company. Before contacting us, they had an old version of the website that wasn’t productive enough and had a poor design. Besides providing renewed designs with colors, and patterns suitable for their industry, we developed a complex ERP system. So what features made the website gain after our work?

  • search for aircraft by filters – price, model, manufacturer, size
  • comparing the chosen model to other existing on the platform
  • ability to know the approximate price of the airplane and perform a range mapping

Moreover, customers can find a detailed description of every model of airplanes like weights, operating costs, cabin interior, performance. So all required information by customers can be found on their websites, so the owners don’t need to spend many costs to contact every customer personally.

Elite Vehicles – ERP for special parts of service transport

Elite Vehicles ERP

Our team faced the challenges of automating the process of creating the lists of needed parts of vehicles in order as they used to do it manually – a new list for every new order with detailed descriptions. The main aim of ERP for this company was to make this process easier and more accurate. After implementing the ERP system, customers can make the order and employees receive this order with the list of parts needed and send the full order to the car supplier. It reduces the risk of mixing app details and orders and helps to avoid misunderstandings with customers.

We have shown only a little part of our experience in ERP development. In both cases, we successfully integrated ERP systems in business companies. The main goals were to help human resources to handle orders and their details to deliver accurate services. ERPs provided databases with customers’ contacts, different levels of access to this data – users and admins, automated creating orders and sending to the delivery stage, and other features that optimized the whole workflow and made it more efficient and productive.

Custom ERP estimation

Our leading expert and experienced specialist Evgen created an MVP estimation of the development of a custom ERP system. The total cost can differ from this estimation as it depends on the range of functions it will contain.

DevOps Dev Hours Total Cost
Business Analyst 130 $4160
Admin 32 $704
Designer 120 $4680
CSS\HTML 150 $3750
PHP backend 600 $16200
JS frontend 400 $10800
QA 360 $6120
Scrum master 270 $6210
ERPAG provides a common set of management tools like sales, Human Resources, financial, and inventory. However, this ready-made solution fits only small and medium-sized companies and is not able to cover a lot of work processes.
The development of custom software solutions is always a perfect match for your company’s needs as it is built according to your goals and demands. Custom ERP is a great investment in your future as you pay once for the development and use it for your aims.
Before the development, you need to define your goals and make sure that your custom ERP can be easily integrated into your workflow. Then, you need to train your employees to use the system accurately and set admins who will manage the work processes through the ERP.

Conclusion

So the last question is what ERP is a perfect match for your company? It may seem that the choice between ERPAG and custom ERP is complex but you know that it is evident. The custom software solution is made to meet all your business demands and consider every tiny detail and peculiarity of your company and business area. Of course, ERPAG could fit and automate some work processes in your company but as the company expands its borders, the ready-made solution is not enough to cover the whole workflow accurately.

Custom ERP is a great investment in your business that will make it optimized, automated, more modern, and profitable in the nearest future. We have deep expertise in creating ERP for all business industries that are in the modern market. We know how to define the problems of a particular company and transform them into goals to reach.

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Anastasiia Mikula I focus on the details while doing the research on the topic. My particular curiosity is about the latest mobile app developments start in 2015 that make life easier and save much time to spend it more productive. I am an expert in reviewing and consulting web projects related to web applications, especially if they are connected with wearables.

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