Guest post written by Kevin Parker
Kevin Parker: ERP lives on.
I was struck by an interesting article published here a couple of weeks ago by Tien Tzuoof Zuora titled “The End of ERP.” While I agree with some points, I strongly disagree that enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is dying.
Yes, traditional/generic ERP with its heavy requirement for customization and consultants is going the way of the mainframe computer, but purpose-built ERP that meets the specific business requirements of a particular industry will be more important than ever in the coming years. This is especially true with the shift to a more services-based, knowledge economy, where connecting information across the enterprise with people’s brainpower is becoming more important than physical assets.
Given today’s increasingly flat and hyper-competitive world, there is a growing need for big data that can be rapidly analyzed and turned into actionable information to make smart decisions, and an acute need for ERP vendors to provide this decision-making data, offer flexible applications built to enhance the processes of specific industries, and to do it in flexible way that meets customer needs. Now’s the time for purpose-built ERP, delivered anywhere at any time and on any device, to rise to the top.