Server-based vs. SaaS

Server-based recycling center software is going the way of the VHS tape or compact disc. Both worked for awhile but they eventually gave way to better technology.

As a pioneer in Web-based software for the scrap industry, Scrapyard Pro was designed to do what aging, one-size-fits-all, server-based recycling center software does not – provide you with reliable, advanced technology that is constantly refined to meet your specific needs.

Here are some other limitations of server-based software and how you can overcome them by using Web-based software-as-a-service.

You can't take it with you.

If you use server-based software to manage your scrapyard, you must be on site to access the latest information. Your business runs you.
But our Web-based yard management software gives you real-time information from anywhere with an Internet connection. You run your business.

Now you see it. Now you don't.

In storing your information locally on a computer in your scrapyard, server-based software also exposes you to losses from theft or natural disaster. If your server is stolen or destroyed, you are still liable for providing the information to law enforcement. But Scrapyard Pro stores your data safely and securely in an off-site facility that is protected from intrusion and service interruptions. The facility is on the “Approved Service Providers” list for major credit card brands and critical components like generators are redundant, meaning that if one goes down another goes up.

Satisfy police.

Compliant in all 50 states, Scrapyard Pro can help prevent your business from being disrupted, and possibly avoid costly fines, by automatically ensuring that every transaction that you make complies with state and local laws. This feature is built into the software, taking the worry off of your shoulders and allowing you to concentrate strictly on buying and selling your metal.

One size does not fit all.

Server-based software that is built for just one purpose may not be able to be customized to the same degree as Web-based software that is constantly updated to meet changing regulations.

What goes down takes time to come up.

An on-site server may occasionally break down. At the very least, it sometimes must be taken offline for preventive maintenance. Can you afford to stop your business when your server is down? With Web-based software, your data is stored remotely and your systems are updated automatically. Operation is seamless.

Here today. Gone tomorrow.

Server-based software that you purchase “one-time” quickly goes out of date, and you may not be able to get support from the provider. Large software companies like Microsoft and Adobe constantly release new versions of their software while terminating support for older versions. We optimize your system's performance by automatically updating to the latest versions of Scrapyard Pro and connected software. We also provide you with live support, even if the issue you are experiencing is not related to our software.

Pay a lot now – and more later.

Contrary to what our competitors might say, you do not just “pay one time” to buy server-based software, even though it may seem that way when those costs can run into the tens of thousands of dollars.

That would be like saying you “pay one time” to buy a car off the lot. You may make one payment for the car, but you have a lifetime of maintenance and fuel costs ahead. Buying software-as-a-service spreads the true costs over time – and you do not have to pay a lot upfront.

Schedule a demonstration of Scrapyard Pro to see how you can get the latest technology with great service and value.

Tale of the Tape

Server-based software is giving way to software-as-a-service as recycling centers find Web-based computing to be more affordable, convenient and efficient. Here's a quick comparison of the technologies.


  • Old technology with too many limitations, no real- time data capability
  • Monthly server maintenance usually requires one to three hours of labor from an IT professional, which can cost $115 to $345 per month. That does not include any additional hardware or parts that you may need.
  • Data backup has to be done on a local level by an IT person, or by you, and again you could lose data.
  • Once a customer pays big dollars upfront, there is no backing up. Money is already spent and there is NOTHING in it for them anymore.


  • Web-based means you have access to real-time data from anywhere in the world
  • Data is on the same infrastructure as the largest technology companies
  • Security is the same as for any national bank
  • Minimal monthly usage fee covers software updates, customer support (real person answering the phone to help you) and all add-ons to the software
  • Flexible contract terms

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Our Story

We started 20 years ago as Web4Minds, a software development firm that provides custom solutions to meet our clients’ needs. One such client came to us four years ago to develop software to manage their scrapyards.

Upon receiving feedback from the client and working with dozens of others, we realized that we had created a product that stood out among the competition, so we brought our solution to the marketplace as Scrapyard Pro. It is now used at recycling centers across the country, by clients ranging from single-location owners to regional operators.

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