The demand for ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software solutions has increased over the past decade, and with it, the competition has intensified. ERP vendors large and small have tweaked and customized their solutions to better fit the needs of their target market. There are, however, certain qualities that are currently in high demand from many prospective ERP customers.
Let’s take a look at the top four ERP trends.
ERP Trend #1: Mobile ERP
ERP users are constantly looking for easier ways to access their software and find information/data. This has led to an emphasis on mobile ERP. Meaning, the ability to access the software from a device such as a cell phone or tablet at any time. At this point, creating an application that encompasses the entire system is unrealistic, but core features such as dashboards and reporting are easily accessible.
ERP Trend #2: Social ERP
Currently one of the most experimental, the concept of linking social media to ERP has become more prominent in the recent year. The biggest issue surrounding social ERP isn’t in the programming or functionality, but rather in determining if there is a significant need for it. At this point, it will be up to the users to decide.
ERP Trend #3: Integration
Integration in general has become critical to many companies. Whether it be in software systems such as ERP or CRM, applications such as AutoCAD, or emails like Outlook and Gmail. ERP integration into other systems like CRM can have many benefits (centralized data, easier tracking of customer orders/jobs, decreased costs and easier implementation). As different companies use different systems, applications, and emails, integration needs will vary greatly.
ERP Trend #4: Two-Tiered ERP
Two-tiered ERP is needed when a company’s headquarters uses one ERP system, and a subsidiary or different location(s) use a different system. This can be beneficial because different locations may have different processes and needs. Two-tiered ERP will then better fit the needs of each location, improve company processes as a whole, and can reduce costs as well. Installing smaller ERP systems multiple times can, for example, be cheaper than expanding one gigantic ERP system.