Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Future of ERP

According to CGT (Consumer Goods Technology) the top ERP providers are:

Infor Global Solutions (Baan)

When IDC Retail Insights Group Vice President Bob Parker was asked what trends he forsees in ERP requirements he highlighted amongst other things the following:
“ Some of the trends we identified last year are ongoing, including more virtualization and cloud-based ERP, as well as integrated analytics. …..Mobile access is also an increasing trend, though sometimes the interest here is more hype than reality-driven. We caution companies to be practical in their adoption of mobile devices and apps,"

I agree that cloud computing is the way of the future and those not moving in that direction are in for a shock!

He continued to add:
“Lastly, there will be a group of companies who will want to deliver ERP to their organization on top of a private cloud infrastructure so that “virtual instances” can be provisioned. For example, the Wal-Mart team at a large consumer goods company may have its own virtual instance that accommodates Wal-Mart-specific processes while staying true to corporate information standards.”

Hmm! Interesting !

Thursday, February 10, 2011

A Good Reason why SaaS is GREAT!

Have you ever goy rid of a software product because it just couldn't deliver? With on-premises upgrades constantly being delayed for internal budgetary reasons, they simply never happen, leading to outdated ‘legacy’ software in production. I know all about this! And very often, it just doesn’t compare well to the latest versions of competitive products. But does it make sense to start over from scratch?
The biggest breakthroughs with SaaS is that upgrades are expected to be part of the service. This gives the vendor the opportunity to keep the very best software always at your disposal. And since you are paying your subscription frequently, there’s plenty of opportunity to remind them of any issues you may have with their service.
Just think when you called your vendor for help on a critical bug only to be told that it's already fixed in the next version? But with SasS you're always running the best and latest e and you'll most likely never hit that bug in the first place. That is real value. Upgrades become a standard feature of the software, leading to simpler and much less risky upgrade events and they have to because they are performed on the vendor’s dollar. So this is what you can expect:
- Full value from your software investment if upgrades are applied continuously.
- All software has bugs... continuous upgrades help you avoid them by having access to the most corrective content.
- With SaaS, you never have to wait for your IT staff to upgrade in fact you don’t really need technical IT staff
- All great SaaS companies include upgrades as part of your normal fee and no hidden charges.
Take hidden risks and fear out of upgrades by using SaaS solutions.