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Thursday, 03 January 2019 14:51

Spotlight Series: Audit Trail

The Audit Trail Module is available for both the EFACS E/8 and Eagle Field Service software. The Audit Trail module logs, tracks and investigates data that is changed within the EFACS system. The functionality within the Audit Trail module provides an easy to use method of recording information when it is changed. The module also records who changed the information, how the information was changed and why the information was changed.

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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 15:00

SMEs and ERP

When Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software was first developed, only larger companies were able to access this new, innovative software. At the time, ERP was expensive and was seen as a capital investment. Nowadays, ERP is much more widely available for smaller businesses. Below you will find some of the reasons why many SMEs are now choosing to invest in and implement ERP software.

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Friday, 17 November 2017 14:10

EFACS E/8 as a Cloud Hosted Solution

For many years, the EFACS E/8 product has been a platform independent, browser-based and web-enabled enterprise ERP solution. However until recently the software was in the main delivered via an on-premises server. Even so, from the point of view of both the software developers and the customer, web-based software has been the obvious choice for more than a decade for the following reasons:

Ease of Administration

Software is installed on the server only. No need for a client installation - users simply point their web browser at a URL which directs them to the server.

User Friendly

Everyone is familiar with a a browser interface. The software is clean looking, logical but most importantly conforms to what users intuitively expect from it - a logical flow of screens delivered in a familiar environment and format.

Software code base

As the software is written in the latest internet technologies, it is easier to support, extend and even for customers to customise. Integration with other systems follows internet standard such as XML, while screen customisations can be delivered using a derivative of JavaScript. 

Notwithstanding this, the EFACS cloud offering has initially been slow to take off as users have shied away from putting their mission critical data out of their sight and direct control. 2017 saw significant changes in this area however, and this will continue into the future.


Along with elsewhere, Ireland's broadband infrastructure is rapidly expanding. Fibre is available now to most businesses. And the service is just about as reliable now as the electricity supply. This makes a hosted solution considerably more feasible.

Security of your data

Working in conjunction with our hosting partners you are assured your data is looked after better than you could hope for on your own server. The data is physically stored in highly secure data centres. Support is provided 24/7/365 with engineers constantly on call to resolve any and all issues as they arise. Enviornmental controls for temperature, humidity and protection against events such as storm, flood, fire etc. are standard. Data can even be backed up to multiple locations if required, to protect against major threats such as wars, natural disasters, etc.


As cloud and hosted solutions become more and more the norm, the cost of adopting a cloud infrastructure is reducing, making cloud a viable option.

Of course the fact that all versions of the EFACS E/8 product are web-based means that it is easily adaptable and can be moved efficiently from an on-premises to a hosted server - it can be done overnight. Right now, many of our current on-premises customers are evaluating running the system on a hosted platform, with a small number actually implementing. 2018 will be a big year to further boost cloud hosted solutions in the ERP market.

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October saw the official launch of EFACS E/8 Version 8.6.  With a brand new user interface building on the deep, integrated and user-friendly functionality of prior EFACS releases, 8.6 sees a clean "Windows 10" style tile based menu system incorporating embedded dashboards and a streamlined menu structure.  It has proven massively popular in the market with prospective clients looking at it for the first time in general agreement that it is easy to follow, understand and use for new and inexperienced users. 

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Thursday, 07 April 2016 21:24

On-Premises ERP or Cloud ERP?

As the cloud has evolved over recent years as the primary delivery model for many business software solutions such as e-mail, CRM, even standalone accounting software, companies implementing ERP have tended to shy away and opt for the perceived safety of on-premises installations. Lately this has begun to change and over the next 18 to 24 months it is anticipated that the wide availability of faster and more reliable than ever internet access will see a seismic shift in corporate attitudes to the cloud. But which is better? How do you determine whether to opt for the cloud or the on-premises model, or indeed does the best approach lie somewhere between the two in a so called "hybrid" solution?

On-premises ERP solutions

The traditional approach to ERP has seen companies pay a considerable sum upfront for software licences.  Added to this is the often high cost of the infrastructure to support the system - including servers, network, client devices, backup facilities, routing and firewall, etc.  And that's even before you start into the implementation and any possible software modifications.  Many companies prefer the comfort of knowing where their data resides, the fact that they own the licences should the vendor cease to exist in its current form and the fact that they are not beholden to the utility company supporting their internet connection.  There is also the added concern that where someone else is looking after your data, security may be perceived as an issue.  These are the principal reasons the cloud model has not been adopted to date.

Cloud ERP solutions

Over the past couple of years, cloud solutions have begun to expand into the ERP space.  Up until two or three years ago, it was rare to see a company putting their entire backoffice business systems online.  However, as the cloud becomes the norm for many other aspects of day to day corporate life, more and more businesses are looking to the cloud for the platform on which to deliver their mission critical software infrastructure.  This is helped by ever-increasing globalisation.  A couple of years ago, the concept that a company operating in Ireland with manufacturing facilities in China and Australia could have all sites working off the same ERP instance at the same time in the same database was considered impossible.  Now with cloud and web-based solutions this is a relatively commonplace occurrence.

Hybrid ERP

For many, the ability to dip a toe into the world of Cloud ERP is enabled via the concept of a hybrid solution.  This can come in various forms, but typically it involves the out-right purchase of software licences that are installed on a cloud virtual server.  This server becomes part of the corporate network via a Virtual Private Network (VPN.)  In this way, the company has the option to move the system in its entirety to an on-premises solution, or indeed migrate to a full cloud solution in the future if so desired.


At Profitsflow we provide ERP solutions for Irish manufacturers, and Field Service Management software to teams of engineers.  The software is available as a traditional on-premises solution, a cloud solution or on a hybrid model.  To help prospective customers decide on which model suits their needs best, we have put together a white paper which evaluates the options in an impartial manner.  To get your free copy, register online: On-Premises vs. Cloud ERP Solutions

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Friday, 18 March 2016 16:11

When is the Best Time to Implement ERP?

This is a question that arises time and time again.

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