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June 15, 2010 – Plex Systems, Inc., provider of the No. 1 rated ERP software for manufacturers, today announced availability of a newly published report from industry analysts IDC Manufacturing Insight. Titled “SaaS ERP Versus On-Premise ERP Through the Lens of Total Cost of Ownership,” the report is now available as a free download from Plex Systems.

Calculating total cost of ownership (TCO) of IT solutions is a key factor when considering enterprise software, especially in today’s challenging economy. In the timely report, IDC researchers share their knowledge and expertise of cost factors that are improved by the software as a service (SaaS) model. The analysis considers IT acquisition costs, costs of deployment, implementation, maintenance fees, support, backup and security systems, customization and configuration, data integration, user adoption, etc.

“As companies from a range of manufacturing sectors wrestle with lower IT budgets and pressure to deliver capabilities more quickly, they find that SaaS alternatives are as robust as traditional vendor offerings,” noted Patrick Fetterman, vice president Plex Systems, Inc. “This research proves that SaaS is a sound alternative to on-premise software’s high costs of license fees, maintenance costs, support, hardware, IT infrastructure, security, backups, and disaster recovery.”

Download the free report ( to see how the SaaS option can drive significant cost savings, reduce initial implementation times, and bring new functionality with relative ease and convenience.

About Plex Systems
Plex Systems, Inc. is the developer of Plex Online, a software as a service (SaaS) solution for the manufacturing enterprise and the only solution to achieve the prestigious Champion ranking in Aberdeen Group’s 2009 ERP in Manufacturing AXIS report. Plex Online offers industry-leading features for virtually every department within a manufacturer, including Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and Quality Management Systems (QMS) for the shop floor, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) for sales and marketing, Supply Chain Management (SCM) for procurement, and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) for finance and management. Plex Online’s fully integrated model delivers a “shop floor to top floor” view of a manufacturer’s operations, enabling management to run its business at maximum efficiency. Founded in 1995, Plex Systems is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, with customers around the globe. More information is online at

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