Enterprise resource planning software requires changes as your business continues to grow. It is important to implement those changes as needed, but at times those changes happen few and far between. When working with a software like this, you want to make sure that in between implementation, you find new ways to use your software to better your business.
With a new year here, giving your business the new surge of energy it deserves helps everyone involved. Enterprise software can be used in different ways and in today’s blog post, we will talk about those ways by discussing ERP trends. Learn more by reading below.
Trend #1: Globalized Manufacturing
The limits of geography have slowly begun to remove themselves as technology improves. As that happens, moving information, products and data have become easier. International logistics means that manufacturers can deliver materials and products to and from anywhere in the world.
Cloud ERP is also part of this trend, which will discuss in detail in our next trend, it allows global companies the option to use their ERP system no matter where they are, all at the same time.
Trend #2: Cloud ERP
Enterprise resource planning software for the cloud is already used, but not as frequently used and universal as on-premise ERP. In 2018, a potential trend could be the more widespread usage of cloud software. There are many reasons why it is already used and why it has the potential to become even more popular. Cloud service is different from on-premise in a few different ways. On-premise is software that is installed in house and is also maintained there by the hosted company ran through its own IT department. Cloud is the opposite, it can be accessed through the internet, making it easily available no matter where you are so long as you have a device that can connect to Wi-Fi.
This has the potential to be the next biggest trend because of its convenience and flexibility, as all it truly requires is a steady internet connection. With cloud, it won’t matter whether you work from home or at your business office, all of the information you need to do your job is right at your hands.
Trend #3: Open Source Software
Software that can be modified and shared due to its publicly accessible design is considered open source software. This year, open source ERP may be the new it trend because proprietary software can be expensive to maintain. The same type of software can be limiting for some, due to its lack of customization and flexibility. There are benefits to open source software such as easy software development and simple customization and integration with apps within the organization. Open source solutions also make it easier to for businesses to gain big data insights.
Trend #4: The Integration of ERP and Ecommerce
Many ecommerce platforms such Shopify, Magento and BigCommerce along with marketplaces like eBay and Amazon may soon see themselves being integrated with ERP software. This integration will allow for the synchronization of ecommerce data like inventory, orders, shipping and invoices. Integration creates the opportunity for efficient operations, avoiding manual data entry errors and saves you time at work.
There are just a few of the many trends that will appear throughout this new year in the world of ERP. Some of which may just be experiments, but other trends may just become workplace and enterprise software staples.