Security and Data Protection

Manufacturers demand mission-critical data security

Cloud ERP Security

Cloud ERP Provides Security Control to Keep Your Data Safe

Manufacturers are taking advantage of advanced, evolving cloud capabilities that offer superior reliability and updated security protocols supported by unparalleled scale.

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At a Glance

Ensure your business data is protected by a modern, secure ERP system.

Focus on your core manufacturing business and leave data security and protection to the experts at Plex.

Free up capital budget for other initiatives knowing you have state-of-the-art IT security as a service in the cloud.

Increase up-time and data access with a more reliable software service than most manufacturers can maintain in-house.

Data Security is a Top Priority

It should be no surprise that cloud ERP security and data protection are prime concerns for IT executives. According to Network World’s “State of the Network 2015” report, security was the top IT initiative, followed closely by cloud. Security is comprised of many things from network and user security to data protection and user privacy. Each must be addressed prudently.

Companies embarking on a cloud ERP journey want reassurance that their data is safe and secure. They want to know that the data center and related communications facilities are totally dedicated to safeguarding their data, constantly maintaining cloud security in the face of ever-changing threats and challenges.

Cloud ERP security is a major concern for manufacturers and few can afford to invest in the bleeding-edge technology and expertise required to ensure complete protection. Nor is IT and cloud security a core interest or competency for manufacturers, so these investments compete with mainline business initiatives for precious resources. Ideally, businesses would like to spend only a small percent of revenue on IT each year.

“We are pleasantly surprised and extremely satisfied with the security and reliability of the Plex cloud ERP solution. We have improved our process efficiencies to a great extent.” Sam Wintz, IT Manager, Batesville Tool & Die

Plex Protects Business Data & Delivers World-Class Service Guarantees

Data protection and privacy are paramount at Plex, spending roughly ten times what manufacturers typically spend on IT on a percentage basis. As a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) cloud provider, data management and protection are a top priority. Plex goes to great lengths to maintain state-of-the-art data centers to provide the best possible physical and digital security:

  • Bank vault designed data center construction to withstand natural disasters and physical attacks.
  • Multi-layered data center security including biometric access and 24x7 camera monitoring.
  • Redundant data centers more than a thousand miles apart communicating real-time over multiple resilient communication paths.
  • Aggressive recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO) goals for rapid service restoration.
  • Advanced security, anti-virus and third-party application vulnerability tracking using Nessus, Snort, VisualPulse and other modern capabilities.
  • Fault-tolerant data center power, cooling and climate control systems.

Because Plex delivers one version of a focused manufacturing software product to all customers, 100% of its efforts are dedicated to optimizing and strengthening cloud ERP security for that application, not sharing R&D investment among other competing industry or product applications.

Plex rigidly follows Center for Internet Security benchmark standards, and conducts twice annual audits resulting in SOC 1 (SSAE 16) and SOC 2 reports which validate proper processes for financial reporting as well as security, availability and processing integrity. User role-based security is also core to the system, restricting users to only the areas to which they have been given permission.

Prospects and customers put Plex to the test. During its Plex evaluation, for example, one prospect hired a former CIA IT expert to try to hack into the Plex Manufacturing Cloud. The effort failed. Firewall support is constantly updated, logins and login attempts are continuously monitored, and any anomalies are instantly reported to data center personnel for immediate response.

Ensuring customer data security and privacy is critical to Plex’s success as a cloud service provider. Our dedication to protecting customer data allows manufacturing customers to focus on what they do best: making products and serving their customers.


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Plex is Built for Manufacturers

Smart manufacturing solutions are not all the same. For example, historical ERP software solutions involve painful implementation projects followed by challenging periodic updates – often forcing companies to go years without updating their ERP system. Meanwhile, these same companies lose value day after day as new features and functions elude them, only implemented with the next painful ‘big bang’ upgrade.

Smart manufacturing technology from Plex takes a different approach. No more waiting. No more upgrades. New features are added daily to a single line of code, shared instantly with all Plex customers. Those customers not only realize renewed value daily, but share best practices real time with other peer Plex customers, all of whom have access to exactly the same features, functions and capabilities enabled by a true, single software code SaaS cloud offering.

Smart manufacturing should truly be just that; solutions. Manufacturers are often tempted by vendors touting strong financial, accounting, and even retail ERP software solutions and systems. None of these, however, do the one thing they need particularly well – manufacturing.

Plex is different, offering the only smart manufacturing solution built from the ground up in the cloud and focused exclusively on manufacturing. At Plex, we know manufacturing isn’t just part of the business: manufacturing is the business. Plex smart manufacturing solutions are purpose-built to fit your manufacturing business needs, evolving with you while adding value daily.

Smart manufacturing technology is not all the same. Plex can help you be different. Find out how.

Manufacturers have moved beyond the need for non-integrated point solutions to solve their challenges – they require a true ERP system. Beyond individual, bolt-on products, an ERP system enables connectivity between companies, their customers and their suppliers.

An ERP system must fit the business needs of a given company, while offering a broad array of capabilities designed for that business. With an eye toward the future, the right ERP system gives companies the power to scale at their pace while adding constant value in real time.

Move your business forward with a true ERP system. Find out how.