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K3 responds to worries over ERP licensing policies

At a time when the clarity and flexibility of ERP software licensing is being called into question, K3 Syspro has revealed that 80 per cent of its orders this year have come from manufacturers looking for a flexible and cost-effective solution.

ERP investors like Bowyer Engineering cite total cost of ownership of ERP as one of their main concerns when purchasing new software, alleviating fears around the transparency of software licensing and upgrade costs. In order to respond to these worries, K3 Syspro has always offered a range of transparent licensing options and modules for its SYSPRO solution to suit each individual customer. This means that customers pay only for the modules that they use, rather than a complete package.

"Rather than keep paying to upgrade our old system we wanted to spend the money on a new system that was customisable and could support future changes in the business," says James Bowyer, Managing Director, Bowyer Engineering, a customer of K3 Syspro.

SYSPRO is used by more than 14,000 companies throughout 60 countries worldwide and is a fully scalable solution, able to grow or contract along with its business users. K3 offers the product on-premise, as a full cloud product or as software as a service (Saas), ensuring that users are not restricted to a licensing policy that depends on the size of the business upon its initial order. The module nature of K3’s software means that companies pay only for what they use, rather than investing in unnecessary add-on components.

Andy Latham, Managing Director, K3 Syspro said: "While all software manufacturers develop their software, most place an additional charge for this whereas our solution includes it in the original price. Our annual licence fee is directly channelled back to customer support and product development so our customers invest in a relationship with us rather than just a piece of software,"

Leicester based manufacturer and supplier of heating and cooling equipment S & P Coils Products Limited is just one customer that opted for K3’s flexible ERP system in the cloud, over other software when making a recent investment in ERP.

"We needed a solution that would enable SPC to move forward and it was important that the software would adapt to the evolution of the company. We’ve seen our work volumes increase and SYSPRO will allow us to scale up and improve our efficiencies. This is particularly important as we operate just-in-time business processes and we need these to be effective," says Ali Soomro, MIS Project Manager, SPC.

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