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Five enterprise software trends in 2016 and beyond

Jack Van Der Velde, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Unit4 | Jan. 20, 2016
According to Jack Van Der Velde of Unit4, IoT, analytics, customer experience, cloud and empowered workforce will take centre stage this year.

As consumers we've come to expect an elegant and intuitive experience.  As business users we will expect the same.  In addition, the impact of BYOD, Bring Your Own Device, will continue and accelerate this usability trend, as employees choose a familiar device, tailored to their personal needs.  The overall result will be employees constantly interacting with their peers, their computers and the worldwide web.

Excellent usability makes your business applications far more impactful.   As your teams exchange more data, more often and from more places than ever before, you'll realise increased efficiency, more collaboration, and better,timelier information.

Trend 4 - The Forecast is Sunnier for the Cloud
Small and mid-sized businesses have led the migration to the cloud.  They started with applications that were not core to their business mission, and in a short time, more and more mission-critical apps have been moved to the cloud.  In 2016, expect the large multi-nationals to join the party. By 2018, Gartner is forecasting that 25 percent of large organisations will run their financial applications on the public cloud. 

Enterprise-strength cloud solutions are increasing. Security fears are waning. Larger companies are hungry for the greater agility and reduced IT complexity that cloud solutions offer.  The movement of core applications to the cloud - among businesses of all sizes - is inevitable.

Trend 5 - The Empowered Workforce
Sophisticated software will enable high-wage, high-skilled workers to reduce mundane tasks.  According to a McKinsey& Company Report in November 2015, as many as 45 percent of the activities individuals are paid to perform can be automated by adapting currently demonstrated technologies.  The report references all employees, from CEOs, financial managers and top managers to frontline employees, the ones responding to customer's needs. 

Increasingly sophisticated software will perform increasingly sophisticated tasks - from analysing reports and data to making operating decisions, from preparing staff assignments to reviewing status reports. The result will be engaged and empowered employees that deliver greater value.  

These 5 trends -- user interface, IoT, analytics, cloud and the automated workforce -- are at the heart of Digital Transformation.  IDC's chief analyst, Frank Gens, says in this new world enterprises must "transform or die."   They must "create competitive advantage through new offerings, new business models, and new customer, supplier, and distributor relationships."  The right technology is the key enabler.  

Given the above trends it is essential to understand and make the most of them to drive business success. Having said that, we believe that investing in the right enterprise software can help organisations thrive during the great digital transformations of 2016 and beyond.

 

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