Archive for the ‘Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)’ Category

Is ERP too important and strategic to move to SaaS?

“ERP has been considered the last frontier for SaaS and we have seen tremendous resistance from even organisations who were otherwise open to the idea of SaaS,” said Krishnan Subramanian from Aberdeen Group.

He added that one reason was that SaaS ERP offerings, unlike CRM applications were not seen as robust enough for deployment. “Many organisations consider ERP to be too strategic to let go of the control.”

Is this still true? One of the key selling points of SaaS ERP is the notion of operational efficiency and speed to market. Why invest precious resources in building an IT infrastructure when you can essentially outsource that function to a reliable vendor?

Are companies taking full advantage of mobility?

The Reynolds and Reynolds Company in the US has just launched a mobile version of its contact management package aimed at iPad users. It says, with dealerPAD, dealers can access important functions from anywhere, at anytime such as creating and updating customer records to searching the dealer’s vehicle inventory. Salesnet has also recently launched its mobile CRM for smartphones

Yet despite the evolution of such products to mobile applications, are companies taking full advantage of mobility, asked Graham Whistance on this forum. “Everyone gets their email on the move but how many companies really use mobility to the lengths they could?,” he said. “Do people access their CRM, accounts, ERP and reporting tools on the go? If not why not?”

ERP spending is set to soar – but what are customers looking for?

Many major global businesses are planning to increase their spending on enterprise resource planning (ERP) software this year.

Gartner, which first coined the term ERP back in 1990, has conducted a poll of 1,500 IT leaders from 40 countries which revealed that global application software spending over the next year is expected to increase by 31% compared to 2010. (http://www.codestone.net/news/story/erp-software-spending-set-to-rise-in-2011/800424885/)

By adopting an ERP system, businesses can integrate internal and external management information from functions such as finance, manufacturing, sales and service, across an entire organisation.

How has the volatile economy affected the way businesses monitor their performance and efficiency?

Are businesses, which are making a greater effort to keep tabs on resource allocation, and review plans and budgets during tough trading times, being helped or hindered by the latest technology applications and packages?

“Two years ago,” says Bill Soward, chief executive of Adaptive Planning, “most companies considered budgeting and planning as an annual exercise. What we see now is that organisations have moved into much more frequent re-forecasting.” (http://www.ebizq.net/blogs/guest_session/2010/06/business-performance-management-talking-with-adaptive-planning.php)

This increase in frequency means businesses are looking for slicker and more effective ways to monitor their performance and efficiency. Being able to react quickly to changing circumstances, being able to forecast cash flow dips or the effectives of legislative changes are all now vital for short-term planning.

Who should lead Enterprise Resource Planning implementation?

Any change within an organisation needs a champion, someone to plead its case and drive through its implementation. When it comes to an organisation-wide change, such as with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), who’s best placed to pick up the baton?

“Every business division, from materials management, production and finance, to HR, sales and marketing, needs to know exactly what action needs to be taken, where, and when,” says Oracle (http://www.oracle.com/global/uk/smb/business_solutions/erp.html) “You need a comprehensive ERP software solution that can act as an organisation-wide control centre. This ‘control centre’ will collect status information and progress reports from different divisions and make them available to other departments. Information is updated by the users in real-time and accessible at any time to anyone who needs it.”