Cloud-based ERP or not? Based on the number of stories that appeared in our top 10 for 2018 list, CIOs seem to be asking the question.
ERP systems list- While some of this year’s most popular articles on SearchERP emphasized ERP systems in the cloud, others suggested companies are making the choice to keep their ERP systems within their own firewall. Questions of cost and customization continue to guide this debate.
And while smart manufacturing and AI both make appearances within our top 10 story list, so, too do stories that lay out basic information on, for example, the choices companies will need to make when buying ERP software.
Based on page views, here is a countdown of the top 10 most popular ERP stories for 2018.
Smart manufacturing technology is changing business processes
This story lays out how manufacturing built on embedded sensors, 3D printing and artificial intelligence will soon streamline procurement, manufacture parts on site and eventually give rise to the automatic enterprise, where routine manufacturing processes are automated.
Comparing SAP ERP ROI to Oracle, Microsoft and Infor
Consultant Mary Shacklett’s detailed look at ERP products from SAP, Oracle, Microsoft and Infor puts practical and tactical information into the hands of technology buyers. She breaks down company products, strengths, potential drawbacks and ROI on implementation methods and strategies.
Why some manufacturers stick with on-premises vs. cloud ERP
For some manufacturers, there is no business case for cloud ERP. This article explains how security isn’t what’s holding them back; instead it’s the need for specific customizations and the realization that ERP systems in the cloud mean compromising on control.
Core components and other basics of choosing an ERP system
In another piece by Shacklett, she provides a comprehensive look at the choices organizations will need to make when purchasing an ERP system. They include where to deploy the ERP system, as well as what ERP components or modules are best matches for the business.
Key factors to consider before moving to SaaS-based ERP
This e-book on SaaS ERP warns buyers to be wary of all the cloud hype. While ERP systems in the cloud may be inevitable, the path ahead could be a bumpy one full of integration and business process reengineering headaches, as well as the risk for cost overruns and even lawsuits. The articles compiled here are meant to help prepare buyers for the journey ahead.
AI in the workplace will change ERP systems
In this column, SAP partner Owen Pettiford postures that artificial intelligence in ERP will go from automating manual, routine tasks performed by humans to “intelligent ERP,” where humans would only get involved as needed.
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