With Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software continuing to soar in global popularity, vendors are always looking for that competitive edge in the market. In fact, the growing demand has resulted in several software and application advancements across the board. Here are the top four emerging ERP trends that will continue to meet vendor needs for years to come.
ERP users are always looking for easier ways to access their software and data. This has led to a strong emphasis on mobile ERP, which secures optimal access to information via cell phones, tablets and other devices. As a form of mobile integration and optimization, this process simplifies the approach to accessing documents from anywhere – and at any time. However, there are no known applications that currently encompass all ERP systems. While these burgeoning technologies are still in the works, users can access their dashboards and reporting features from wireless, remote and digital devices.
With social media integration continuing to soar, the concept of linking these platforms to ERP has become more prominent this year. However, there are some issues surrounding social ERP that all users should be aware of:
• Since social media ERP integration is still a burgeoning trend, users must determine if there is a significant need for this correlation.
• While programming and functionality seems to be consistent, there will certainly be glitches and issues to address.
• As of July 2016, the demand for social media ERP is not high across the industry. Experts believe that only ERP users can change this trend by letting providers know their exact needs and demands.
When it comes to emerging trends on the ERP market, integration remains high on the totem pole. In fact, integration has become the norm for many companies. The demand for seamless integration helps establish uniformity and consistency across several applications and platforms. For example:
• ERP integration with CRM offers a wealth of benefits, including centralizing data and easier tracking of customer orders and jobs.
• ERP integration with AutoCAD, Outlook or even Gmail also centralizes client and employee communications.
• ERP integration with existing or new applications can even decrease hardware and software costs, while forming unified platforms for email, commerce, client fulfillment and other critical services.
Two-tiered ERP is another emerging trend that continues to grow and expand. Basically, two-tiered ERP is needed when a company’s headquarters uses one ERP system, and a subsidiary at a different location uses another. While this is beneficial since different locations may have different processes, two-tiered ERP helps improve the needs of each location. This is done by improving cost structures, while enhancing company goals and directives. Industry experts also recommend installing smaller ERP systems – which can be cheaper – instead of one humongous ERP system.
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