Executive Briefings

ERP Today: How Much Has Really Changed?

Today's ERP systems are remarkably similar to those that took the corporate world by storm in the 1990s. The main goal of the applications back then, and now: Manage businesses' day-to-day operations and transactions, and make companies more efficient.
To a large degree, ERP vendors have accomplished that task. Even most small and mid-sized companies today have their operations intertwined with software applications that help them manage their finances, logistics, inventory, HR and sales process. And that's fantastic. But, hey, ERP vendors: That's just not going to cut it in tomorrow's Web 2.0, collaborative and customer-driven world.
It's astonishing that vendors still are under the impression that ERP is a competitive advantage. ERP is not a competitive advantage. ERP is about competitive similarity.
Source: CIO

Today's ERP systems are remarkably similar to those that took the corporate world by storm in the 1990s. The main goal of the applications back then, and now: Manage businesses' day-to-day operations and transactions, and make companies more efficient.
To a large degree, ERP vendors have accomplished that task. Even most small and mid-sized companies today have their operations intertwined with software applications that help them manage their finances, logistics, inventory, HR and sales process. And that's fantastic. But, hey, ERP vendors: That's just not going to cut it in tomorrow's Web 2.0, collaborative and customer-driven world.
It's astonishing that vendors still are under the impression that ERP is a competitive advantage. ERP is not a competitive advantage. ERP is about competitive similarity.
Source: CIO