2011 Outlook: IT Spending Expected to Rise, Yet ERP Investments Expected to Slow

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The number of companies planning to invest in their ERP systems will drop slightly this year, according to a Forrester Research Inc. report, even as IT spending overall is expected to rise.

One quarter of roughly 900 companies surveyed by Forrester plan to upgrade, expand, or implement an ERP system, down from 29% in a study last year. Overall, 72% are "in a holding pattern for 2011, with plans to stand pat or no specific plans to invest in ERP”.

Roughly half of ERP customers are running product releases that are two versions behind the current one, according to the report. But expiring support windows and related price increases will spur more upgrades over time.

ERP vendors will continue to roll out new features and functionality, although many customers may not adopt them for some time. Those features include cloud-based deployment options and embedded business process modeling:

  • Cloud Computing: With Software as a Service options, Microsoft has made it possible to deploy your ERP solution to fit your requirements today and yet retain the flexibility to migrate to a different model as your needs change.
  • Business Process Model: Acquiring the right consulting services to map out the perfect business process model is vital. As a Microsoft Gold Partner, you can count on Rimrock Corporation to provide your organization with expert level certified Microsoft Dynamics consulting and technical services.

 Rimrock is a boutique consulting firm that specializes in the implementation of Microsoft Dynamics® GP and Microsoft Dynamics CRM software solutions and we are dedicated to meeting the needs of our customers.

By Rimrock Corporation, Toronto Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner

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