The Future of ERP
The future is tough to predict, but by looking at trends – especially in technology – we can get a sense of where ERP is headed. We may not be able to foresee all of the potential changes. In fact, it’s even likely that new developments will change future ERP in completely unexpected ways!
Outside of the unpredictable, we can look at a few trends and plan for the years to come.
Here are some of the biggest ERP developments we expect to see in the future:
1. Cloud Everywhere
Internet technology only becomes more and more powerful. Developing hand in hand with mobile tech, wifi connectivity continues to cover larger areas. Today, it’s more of an expectation than a luxury. All of that means more and more reliance on cloud storage and accessibility. We expect to be able to easily move documents or pictures between our various devices, access our accounts and data from anywhere, and so on – all reliant on cloud-based storage.
On the job, these expectations are no different. Where ERP implementation was once a decision between on-site and cloud-based storage (and still is today), it’s a safe assumption that using the cloud will become the norm. Infrastructure is becoming more robust. Technology is getting better. Computers are getting faster. The need for on-site servers is becoming an artifact of the past.
2. Increased Adoption
Not only do technology developments help ERP systems become more powerful, they also help them become more available. The more companies that utilize mobile technology, tablets, laptops, and even just digital records for daily operations, the more effective ERP can be.
Increased integration with devices on the job, more tech savvy employees, and the advantages of analytics make ERP an inviting prospect for companies of all kinds. It will only become less difficult to implement and train for, and likely less expensive as well!
3. Internet of Things
The “internet of things” is already here, and all signs point to its growing popularity. The internet of things is an umbrella term for objects that are “online.” This includes a whole range of interconnected devices – from car computers connected to GPS servers to automated “buy buttons” from Amazon. Buildings with “smart cameras,” a thermostat that learns your preferences, connected sensors that monitor environmental data – all of these are part of the internet of things (IoT).
Because all of these devices rely on cloud/wifi connected and gather data, they are ripe for integration with ERP! The more common these objects become, the larger advantage ERP can provide for the data gathered.
4. Ease of Use
As software, hardware, and connected devices become more advanced, the effort put in by the final user is reduced. As code is refined and needs are better understood, actually using an ERP system becomes easier for the average employee.
If you consider the growing role of technology and software in our daily lives, it’s also safe to assume that people are, in general, becoming more tech savvy – allowing them to adopt ERP systems more easily.
It will be interesting to see how ERP evolves. There will be developments in wearable tech, consumer and manufacturing trends, and countless other changes in the coming years. ERP is likely to grow in popularity and sophistication, and that means all the more benefits for your business! If you would like to discuss the steps for implementing ERP into your company – and how you can benefit in the future – contact us today!
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