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Enterprise Resource Planning or ERP can be just a fancy name for QuickBook. The fact is that when a company grows beyond needing just a bookkeeper, ERP and CRM systems offer richer capabilities as well as the structure to operate smoothly with more than three users logged in.
To battle the technical roadblock of Quickbooks Professional and allow companies to grow, Intuit corporation has effectively launched QuickBooks Enterprise. For companies without needs beyond what QuickBooks provides, but needing five to ten simultaneous users on-line, while much more expensive, this is a logical step forward.
ERP however, and CRM or Customer Relationship Management features if desired might include the need to tightly integrate data and processes of an organization as much as possible. ERP software handling accounting and operations is widely available, and some is a possbile alternative to Quickbooks. To integrate accounting and operations a richer set of features is required than that offered by entry level accounting systems. Any step up from QuickBooks requires consideration of a SQL type database layer like MySql, PostgresSql, Oracle or SQL-sever. ERP system require multiple layers of computer software and hardware.
One interesting solution is the Xtuple cloud based solution. While Xtuple relys on an installed Windows or Mac application, like QuickBooks, all other components including databases, web-servers and application servers are hosted by the professionals at Xtuple. This is a logical step in leasing computer power along the lines of the Amazon AWS model. In most ERP systems you will find the use of a modern database. Atlanta ERP