Burns also pointed out every dollar spent on an ERP licence represents more than $100 in software installation. "Every piece that you licence is going to be very, very expensive to install and implement."
Alongside technology, CFOs and CIOs need to better collaborate when it comes to the skills sets and staff required to run complex ERP systems.
"Individuals spend entire careers implementing ERP systems, but often only have deep expertise in a handful of modules of which there are many dozens," Burns claimed. "Recruitment firms looking for ERP talent spout a raft of acronyms that make little sense to anyone outside the industry."
He gave an example where a job advertisement on an Australian website said it was "looking for a dynamic leader with FI/CO, BI, SD, XI and MDM experience to start immediately".
"The fact that it is unlikely that any single person would actually have the above combination of skills shows even the ERP industry itself is struggling with its jargon," Burns said.
Burns is currently involved in a global research project by the LEF that looks at the future of ERP and the possible paths forward in dealing with some of its challenges. The LEF plans to publish the research in October this year, and is looking for participants.
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