Intelligent ERP: Myth or Reality? Part 4 of 4 – ERP Adoption
As solutions that enable enterprises to go mobile becomes more predominant, we have ‘borrowed’ a series of blogs from Sage ERP X3 to explore the issue. Hope you enjoy this introduction to Intelligent ERPs.
By Isabelle Saint-Martin, ERP Product Marketing Manager, Sage Mid-market Europe
This is the final blog post in my series about intelligent ERP and the impact on businesses.
ERP adoption factor: a new direction
Mobile working illustrates the radical change in habits generated by technologies in enterprises. The new generation of employees and decision makers use a frame of reference markedly different from their elders and immediately perceive the benefit of new technologies.
Adoption of ERP systems has in the past been inhibited by a lack of acceptance on the part of users. Now, users have a different relationship with technology, as individuals, and are quicker to see the operational benefits.
This phenomenon drives the emergence of a new generation of tools, as attractive as they are effective, and gives rise to changes in business practices aimed at improving management systems. A new direction that needs support. The Internet, social networks, phones and tablets have become a fixture of everyday life and have spawned a new set of uses that have transferred into the workplace. Users expect to find these same uses in their management tools. At Sage we take these new criteria seriously by facilitating user adoption and proficiency.
Management software systems, and ERP in particular, are at the core of any company’s strategy. Software publishers have to take this into account because technologies are driving movements for change in businesses. Developments in technology provide access to new opportunities for enterprises, combining key requirements in terms of innovation, flexibility and costs.
Alongside business relevance, technological building blocks such as decision support, mobile working, workflow solutions and paperless environments are seen as high-added-value functions. When these components are built into the software, the ERP package provides additional benefits for users at the very core of their operational tool.
Intelligent ERP is therefore not a myth. The challenge for publishers is to make the right choices in terms of functional and technological investments and so respond to changing needs on all levels. Not only must ERP be intelligent, it must also meet new and future requirements and extend its application reach through service-oriented technologies and flexibility of use at all business levels.
Read my other blog posts in the Intelligent ERP series on responsive decision making, collaborative management, paperless environments and workflow processes and mobile working in ERP.
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Read my second blog in this series on responsive decision making.
Previously posted at the Sage ERP X3 blog.