When selecting an ERP solution for your organization, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration. One of these factors relates to empowering your employees, in the true sense of the word, by allowing them to do their job no matter where they are. Although attempts to do this have failed over the years, advanced systems, such as Acumatica ERP, are now delivering complex business solutions that can help companies unlock their true potential and perform more efficiently than before.
Built on a complex web-based architecture, Acumatica is one of the few solutions that provide complete ERP functionality, while keeping the total cost of ownership down. What’s its secret? That’s quite simple: HTML5.
Acumatica ERP is a browser-based application optimized for mobility, speed, security, adaptability, and ease of use. An element that has turned Acumatica into one of the best ERP solutions available today is HTML5.
Unlike other programming models, which require people to build and store elements in folders, and then render them in browsers using plugins, HTML5 allows developers to create and upload codes directly to servers, everything being put together by browsers upon uploading web pages. This means that an application that uses HTML5 doesn’t need external plugins to work. As a result, the amount of processing power needed by browsers to render HTML5-based content is lower than the power required for other type of content, such as Flash animations.
A strong point of HTML5 is that it delivers a powerful Web Client that can perform optimally even on low bandwidth connections and devices with limited performance, such as tablets and Smartphones. Therefore, Acumatica ERP allows any company to take advantage of cutting-edge technology, regardless of its IT infrastructure.
But HTML5 solves another essential issue: the need to create different website versions for different devices. Not too long ago, accessing a website from your tablet or Smartphone would get you a “limited” version compared to the version you were able to access from your PC. Now, HTML5 gives designers an easier way to develop websites, the same codes being used on all devices, offering users a more consistent, optimized experience. Additionally, since HTML5 is lighter on resources, it’s more responsive than other programming models.
Performance, Usability, and Costs
New technologies are usually created to replace obsolete, inefficient systems. This also applies to the ERP sector. If a while ago, HTML5 was perceived as a low-quality platform, especially due to certain performance-related issues, a high number of developers have pointed to a “tools” gap. According to Robert Shilston, director of FT Labs division, the main issue with HTML5 “is the maturity of tools,” especially memory management and debugging applications.
Acumatica technicians have also confirmed the “tools” gap. By simply developing applications to fill this gap in HTML5, they’ve turned Acumatica ERP into a comprehensive business solution with advanced functionality that others are promising to deliver in about two or three years from now.
Since users expect modern applications to offer superior functionality, developers are using more complex bunches of interrelated HTML5 codes. Quite surprisingly, these codes not only work in harmony, but also provide better usage of hardware and greater optimization.
By combining HTML5 with web-application servers and web services, Acumatica delivers one of the most affordable ERP solutions for SMEs. Why is this system less expensive than other ERP solutions, while providing advanced functionality? This is simply because HTML5 is free; native programming is not.
With HTML5, you can just write codes in Notepad and then embed them into your website. Additionally, Acumatica includes a dedicated development environment that comes with everything you might need to build new business applications. Since you don’t need third-party software to create applications, Acumatica is one of the best solutions you can find to cut down costs.
Currently, HTML5 attracts millions of developers who are ready to make the most of it. Since many of them have already realized that improved tool usability is the only way to bridge existing gaps in HTML5, we’ll soon be able to exploit the true potential of this programming model and develop new business solutions that, similar to Acumatica ERP, will help us increase productivity, performance, and profitability.