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Roger Borek, Borek Business Solutions

Top ERP Trends for 2012


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Technology continues to be an ever-changing space for businesses, especially when it comes to ERP. As we approach the new year, here’s what we expect for ERP trends in 2012.

  • Cloud Computing Continues to Rise. Over the course of 2011, cloud solutions have grown exponentially. In 2012, demand for cloud accounting and ERP solutions will gain steam and become more and more compelling in part because companies see immediate benefits of reduced capital costs, real-time collaboration, and increased visibility.
  • SaaS ERP Continues to Gain Popularity. SaaS solutions first became widely accepted within the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software market, however, in recent years the growth of SaaS Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software systems is accelerating and analysts predict continued growth of SaaS ERP systems through at least 2012. SaaS ERP applications have matured to the point where ERP as a service is a strong consideration for many companies looking to upgrade their ERP applications. For most companies, the hosted delivery model requires no initial cash outlay for IT resources, a faster software implementation, on-demand scalability, and improved ROI. These factors collectively create a material reduction in total cost of ownership (TCO) and acceleration of time-to-market benefits realization.
  • Less “do it yourself” ERP projects. We expect fewer companies trying to attempt the DIY approach to ERP selection and implementation. CIOs and CFOs are becoming smart and risk adverse enough to know better than to try this approach when it comes to transforming their entire business with a new ERP system. These companies will lean on outside consultants and experts more than they have in recent years, with the understanding that an expert consulting firm that has fine-tuned selection, implementation, and methodologies can deliver better, faster, and cheaper results than they can internally.
  • Realignment of ERP systems. A lot has changed in the last few years – the economy tanked and recovered moderately while companies evolved, customers demanded more, and mergers continued, but many companies did not proactively invest in their ERP software, leaving organizations with systems that are misaligned with their current business needs. This leaves a large subset of organizations wanting to realign their enterprise software with their operational realities, whether it is through investing in new systems or attempting to get more out of their existing software.

 

  • Being More Selective in the ERP selection process. Fortunately, companies are starting to realize that they shouldn’t rush the ERP evaluation and selection process. Too many failures are caused by choosing the wrong software that is misaligned with business needs, so companies are being more diligent about blueprinting their business processes prior to selection rather than after.

Technology continues to evolve at a very fast pace and solutions for ERP look promising for 2012. Following these trends will hopefully get you well positioned as you assess your technology needs and priorities for the new year.

By Roger Borek, Borek Business Solutions, an Oregon-based Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner.

4 Responses to “Top ERP Trends for 2012”

  1. Thanks for sharing that much informative post… i like your post…

  2. CRM Trainer says:

    Good analysis. It is very true that even in this ripe technology age we see enterprises carrying misaligned system. This gives opportunity for those in business in ERP related solutions.

  3. Thank you for sharing your insights. If possible, I would like to stretch our analysis to the next evolution of ERP. With the initial release of ERP, one of the key “game changers” was the ability of business users to access data and generates reports without direct IT involvement. This empowerment of the business user had a significant impact on business agility. Today, we continue to see ERP vendors focus on providing business-friendly tools for reporting and analysis. Yet, I can see a new evolution brewing in the ERP industry what I like to call “Adaptive ERP” where business users can perform on-demand actions to meet business changes real-time. In the next sections we discuss the key capabilities of Adaptive ERP and a practical assessment of where the ERP industry is today.

    http://gbeaubouef.wordpress.com/2012/09/05/adaptive-erp/

  4. I agree with Brett. The future of enterprise software is built upon the legacy of investment. ERP, whether COTS or HG or DIY, is about consolidating information for financial reporting. It was not built to adapt to changing requirements, processes, regulations, competition, innovations, markets, products or industry. So the next generation, available here http://babblewareinc.com, is built for people and designed to change.

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