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The changing face of ERP

Tom Paye | July 31, 2013
SAP IT expert explains how the automotive production line can be used to perfectly illustrate the need for enterprise resource planning (ERP) software in large enterprises.

"We have seen some clients use cloud versions as a 'sandbox' to explore new functionality, whilst others have opted for compete cloud based ERP systems as a cost-driven measure," he says.

"Mobile -- specifically enterprise mobility -- is another key force. Extending the ERP system out to the shop floor or field will yield another round of big productivity savings and improvements in operations. There is an ongoing discussion around the platform that end users may prefer, but it is certain that the ability to make decisions and transact with the ERP system is about to be set free from the desktop."

As the so-called 'nexus of forces' continue to affect the way in which IT departments operate, no doubt the ERP world will have to change, too. And by the looks of things, that change is already taking place.


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