Within the last week, the new Buster system was officially launched. This is a project that has been floating around in my head for a while and has gone through a couple of different prototype/development phases over the last couple of years, so I'm excited to officially get it off the ground.
To give you some back story, I've been implemented ERP software for over 4 years now and have been programming since I was 17 years old. For people not famaliar, ERP stands for Enterprise Resource Planning but honestly ERP just means "business software" these days. It's software used to run enterprises. Traditionally, a single software system that runs every aspect of your business from accounting to manufacturing to customer service and more.
And ERP software works well (at least the well built systems) for medium to large businesses. I've been able to work with companies that have a few employees up to fortune 500 businesses that have thousands and for the businesses that have 20, 30, 40+ employees the software is great.
But I've always seen the smaller businesses struggling. They are either implementing the software because they have a larger competitor who's doing the same, or because it's an industry standard, or they got some bias advice from a vendor or software creator. Every time, with these smaller businesses who aren't fully prepared and don't have the money to throw at ab implementation, there is a lot of headache and confusion.
It boils down to the fact that these are simple businesses offering a few quality products. They are not performing overly complicated manufacturing. They do not have a long, convulated supply chain. They aren't worried about managing, and coordinating hundreds or even thousands of employees and vendors. The business just needs a simple piece of software to support and work along side of them, instead of them dragging the system along with them.
These enterprise-level software implementations take a long time too, so the businesses are getting dragged through the mud configuring every aspect of the system, performing long, convuluted data import processes multiple times, designing and implementing hundreds of PDF or Excel reports, setting up hardware and vendor integrations, training for dozens of hours, designing workflows and processes, and anything else the system needs to run. That all makes sense for large businesses, but not for the small, simple business.
So we are starting off simple. And we are staying focused on a few key business functions. Every thing built and put out to Buster and it's customers will be as focused and intuitive as possible for us to produce.
We aren't a silicon valley startup or large ERP vendor who's trying to crank out features to keep up with companies like SAP, Microsoft, and Oracle. We aren't trying to become a company with thousands of employees of our own. We do not take outside funding and only focus on running within our means (and if we have happy customers then that won't be a problem.)
I'm looking forward to making business software simpler.
Founder, Buster Technologies