Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is a necessary evil for large companies. But the era of connectivity, mobility and consumerisation is opening up and evolving this old guard of business technology. James Francis delves deeper.
Does it get any more boring than ERP? Even the name is a mouthful of uninspiring business talk: Enterprise Resource Planning. There was a time when large corporations used ERP as an advantage, but today it’s a requirement. As Collin Govender, Systems Integration vice president at T-Systems South Africa puts it, large companies have to have one if they are serious about their future. “Compliance to regulations alone is a big reason why enterprises use ERPs, especially listed companies as they are required to file governance reports. This has become hugely expensive to manage, so automation is the obvious solutions. It is one of the ERP’s central roles: to automate various business functions and free resources.”
ERP has evolved though and is no longer limited to automation, not only the domain of big companies, says Craig Swanepoel, director of Resolve Immix. “As you move down the food chain, it becomes more affordable for SMEs to invest in ERP. Your time to realise a return on ivestment is also quicker. It’s just so much more accessible, full stop.” Several factors are driving this change…
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