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What is ERP Database Development

Aug, 2022

Hombolt developed our own Enterprise Resource Planning Database (ERP) that is tailored specifically for our prospective clientele, our clientele, our sales representatives, and our technicians.  It is designed for customer satisfaction through the use of video conferencing, constant contact, and project updates.  One of the major decisions that any business that deals with sales, inventory, shipping, manufacturing, and many other niche markets have to make is a solution for their database.  Hombolt specializes in ERP Database Development, Mobile Application Development, Website Design, User Interface (UI), and User Experience (UX).


WHY ERP Database Development?


Since the tech bubble, many of the giant corporations that currently hold a sizeable market share have their proprietary database solutions.  Salesforce codes in Apex, a proprietary Javaesk programming language.  They utilize Visualforce, which is a framework that includes an XML syntax that serves as the primary function to generate HTML.

SaaS is commonly misinterpreted.  Saas is 1 of 3 categories for cloud computing.  SaaS stands for “software as a service”.  Companies like Netflix use the SaaS model and they run the software on an Amazon Web Service (AWS).  The other 2 categories are IaaS (infrastructure as a service) and PaaS (platform as a service).  JavaScript for front-end and back-end coding is the most prosperous language for programming today.

Eliminate Per User Monthly Fees

The major companies using these solutions charge anywhere from $30 to $150 per month, per user. As a business owner, the time comes when the monthly costs seem too high for the services you are relying on.  The time will come when owning your database, and just paying an extremely low cost for cloud server space will make sense for your operation.


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As a business owner, you can use a combination of SaaS and IaaS cloud computing.  Many of the developers create applications using PaaS.  Every database solution requires 9 major functionalities.

  1. Applications – A computer program solely responsible to enter and retrieve information from a computerized database.
  2. Data – The information that gets relayed from place-to-place through the parameters outlined in the database.
  3. Runtime – When a program is running, starting the program, or a program being executable.
  4. Middleware – The software that is in between an operating system and the applications that are being run.
  5. O/S – The operating system that manages hardware, software resources, and provides the services for computer programs.
  6. Virtualization – A logical data layer that integrates the data across the system.  It manages and centralizes security.  It delivers the data to the users in real-time.
  7. Servers – Physical or virtual programs that manage access to a centralized resource or service in a network.
  8. Storage – The method of technology capture that retains digital information on electromagnetic, optical, or silicon-based storage media.
  9. Networking – Linking a set of computers to allow them to operate interactively.

Software As A Service (SaaS) Examples

Google Apps, Salesforce, Dropbox, Zendesk, DocuSign, and HubSpot.  These major companies use the SaaS Model.  These companies that use the SaaS model require all 9 of the database functionalities to be managed by an entity other than the business.  Using a SaaS system is all completed over the internet.  The user would log in to the system, and dependent on the parameters, would be granted a certain access level.  These services are completed in a monthly service charge that would handle the duty of maintenance, compliance, and security services.  SaaS systems are developed to run smoothly and to fit the need for any scale business that you operate from small to enterprise.  The sales representatives that sell these solutions typically show this solution as a peace-of-mind solution.  The downside of this solution is the per-user cost can add up very quickly, and the payment never ends.

Platform As A Service (PaaS) Examples

Windows Azure is used mostly as PaaS, OpenShift, Apache Stratos, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, and Force.com.  These are major companies and developers that use a PaaS system.  In a PaaS system, you would manage the Applications and Data, the other 7 functionalities are managed by a separate entity that offers it as a service.  PaaS is primarily a system that is designed for developers who are building software and/or applications.  The platform’s foundation is built on virtualization technology.   It can be accessed by multiple users, it can fit any size of business scale, and it is extremely easy to run without extensive system administration.

Infrastructure As A Service (IaaS) Examples

AWS EC2, Digital Ocean, Rackspace, and Google Compute Engine (GCE) are examples of entities that use an IaaS system.  In the IaaS environment, you would manage the applications, data, runtime, middleware, and the O/S.  Virtualization, servers, storage, and networking are managed by a separate service provider.  IaaS delivery is done over the internet.  The major advantage is not having to absorb the cost and labor intensity of maintaining an on-premise IT infrastructure.  IaaS is highly flexible to the extent you can replace it whenever you need it without losing money on your initial upfront investment.  It is scalable to accommodate any size business, and it is accessible by multiple users.  The model is based on a pay-as-you-go model which allows most companies to be able to budget in the cost.

The other major solution is utilizing an on-premise solution.  In that scenario, you would manage all 9 of the major functionalities.

What Does This Mean?

The thought of cloud-based hosting was unfathomable in the modern context.  The notion was originated by Robnett Licklider in the 1960s.  The impossible modern theory at that time is what created the cloud symbol that is used to depict the internet.  Google CEO Eric Schmidt introduced the term that made it become a reality at a conference on August 9, 2006.

The popularity of cloud-based solutions has taken form in the modern world.  It has shrunk the planet by giving the instantaneous possibility to pass data from one side of the earth, to the other.

An understandable example that explains how to differentiate between the 4 types of systems is, How do we plan for dinner?”  SaaS system would be dining out.  A PaaS system would be Uber Eats delivery service which you would provide the table for yourself to eat on, and maybe the refreshments and the silverware.  An IaaS system would be a microwavable meal or a DiGiorno pizza from the grocery store.  You might add some ingredients to better the taste.  The Traditional, on-premise solution, requires you to forage for supplies.  You alter Aunt Delores’s family recipe because her version overuses cilantro, you bake the prepared food, and you serve it to the family.

Open Source vs. Proprietary Software

The largest myth in the technology database development field is that proprietary software is more secure than open-source software.  The term open-source means that the source code used by programmers to create and modify the software is free to use and alter. Due to the sheer cost of proprietary solutions, open-source will be the future of technology and will advance the frontier of technological innovation.

Sales representatives at these proprietary database solution companies rant and rave about proprietary software is more secure and less vulnerable/prone to attacks.  That is false!  Most of the sales representatives do not even know the difference if asked between Java and HTML.

Proprietary Software Attacks

  • In October 2013, 153 million users of Adobe were impacted when the hack exposed customer names, IDs, passwords, and debit/credit card information.
  • In May 2019, 137 million users of Canva were exposed to a hacker being able to gain OAuth login tokens for users who signed in via Google.  The hacker was able to view partial credit card and payment data.
  • On July 29, 2017, 147.9 million consumers were affected when Equifax had one of the largest data breaches in history.  The breach compromised social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and in some cases, drivers’ license numbers.

That is just some of the major cyber-attacks on proprietary systems.

Proprietary System Issues

Proprietary content management systems (CMS) come with a lot of other issues.  Since the proprietary CMS is developed for a specific industry and audience, it becomes difficult to customize to fit the exact needs of all people and industries.  Since the user is not building the system, the options are very limited. 

The major issue that arises is that from the meetings with your sales representative since you are renting the proprietary CMS, you do not own the code that it is built with.  That creates a scenario where you have no choice but for the life of your business (unless you start over from scratch) to blindly trust your vendor with all of your company’s privacy, secrets, and strategy.

Benefits Of Open-Source Software

The technology field is highly specialized.  No one option fits all.  The smaller businesses can be built for scale, but not exhaust unnecessary resources that do not apply to their business.  The developers for large to enterprise size businesses can use current advanced coding languages like Nuxt.JS and Node.JS.  The database can integrate with ease user-friendly Android & iOS applications that are compatible with tablets and will auto-size to any platform that runs the application.

The major benefit is that you own your developed technology.  As you grow as a company, your database can grow with you.  The business has control of the database, and if it needs to be advanced to keep up with the times, many database specialists will be able to access with your permissions your root login and will be able to update, fix, and even continue developing your system to become more and more advanced.

Why Choose Hombolt?

Hombolt can code in a plethora of advanced coding languages.  We can be your source for your company as a one-stop-shop.  Our sales representatives will meet 1-on-1 with our prospective clientele either in-person or through video conferencing in our ERP Database.  Our desire for knowledge and continued education on innovation is endless.  We specialize in ERP Database Development, Website Design, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and Android & iOS Application Development. The world is constantly changing, and Hombolt is a solution for technological innovation at a fraction of the standard industry costs.

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