Industry software

What is industry software and where is it used?

Industry software is understood to be standard software, such as ERP systems, which is tailored to the requirements of specific industries and/or business sectors. In contrast to individual software, industry software is usually developed for several companies in a specific industry, e.g. software for printers, pharmacy software or software for lawyers. Customizable ERP software can be turned into industry software with individual programming

Branch software usually contains standard modules such as customer administration and article management as well as often also merchandise management and invoicing, which are tailored to the requirements of a specific branch. For example, software for pharmacies usually does not include time recording or SEPA mandate management because these modules would not be used in a pharmacy. Therefore, a software for pharmacies necessarily needs a batch management to be able to trace the batch and the expiry date of each article.

Differences between industry software and standard software

In most cases, standard software is software products that can be used across different industries. Standard software thus usually contains many functions that can be used in as many environments as possible. The functions of standard software are therefore often rather rudimentary and do not address the special requirements of certain industries. In contrast, industry software often offers more detailed functions that are specially tailored to the requirements of a particular industry. In many cases, industry software requires a larger financial investment than standard software, but less than with individual software.

Differences between industry software and individual software

In contrast to standard or industry software, individual software is completely individually adapted to one or more companies. The investment outlay is highest for individual software, both in terms of time and money – but individual software is best able to map operating processes. With individual software, processes can be adapted to the procedures of a company down to the smallest detail.

Use of gFM-Business as industry software

The gFM Business ERP Software is also available as adaptable and expandable Customizing and open license and can therefore also be used as industry software for individual requirements. Since gFM-Business is based on the FileMaker platform, external FileMaker databases can also be connected to the gFM-Business ERP software without any problems.

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gFM-Business is used as professional, customizing and open license as industry software for example in the following areas:

  • Software for automotive parts distribution
  • Software for professional associations
  • Software for print shops
  • Software in the catering trade
  • Software in trade
  • Software for industrial parts distribution
  • Software in the furniture trade
  • Software in the mail order business

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Markus Schall
Development of FileMaker databases since 1994, modification and extension of FileMaker solutions, conversion of FileMaker databases from .fm, .fp3, .fp5 (FileMaker 2-6) or .fp7 (FileMaker 7-11) to .fmp12 (FileMaker 12-17), interfaces to third-party systems such as online shops, CMS or other databases. Development of individual FileMaker database systems based on the gFM business framework with personal advice from Oldenburg. Operator of the online specialist portal goFileMaker.de, developer of the CRM and merchandise management system gFM-Business. Member of FileMaker Business Alliance, FileMaker Developers Subscription and FMM Expert. Winner of an FMM Award 2011, awarded by the FileMaker Magazine.