Acknowledging the impending (and very welcome) economic recovery, at the end of last month, Epicor released iScala SR2 to help businesses survive the current slump and then scale easily during convalescence. The product is designed for global enterprises, and this latest iteration features extended functionality and flexibility to accommodate regular changes in local business requirements. The latest improvements were made after consulting with current Epicor users to assess what enhancements were most needed.
Tuesday, NetSuite announced the launch of the first end-to-end, cloud-based business management solution for services businesses with a global reach. Their OneWorld SRP platform provides global services businesses with real-time visibility, resource management and operational control, and helps bring service resource planning to the modern age with cloud functionality.
Tech pundits have already suggested that a structural overhaul within ERP will be necessary for efficiently adopting SaaS models, and now there is another reason for drastic change: sustainability. It is very likely that in the near future there will be a high demand for carbon offset costs that are incorporated into cost accounting applications, and such an inclusion into ERP platforms will be expensive and disruptive.
There have recently been some big changes to enterprise software, cloud-related and otherwise, and some of that was touched upon last week at SAP’s TechEd 09 conference in Phoenix. SAP’s CTO, Vishal Sikka, noted that new technologies (including social networking sites) require ERP vendors to process new kinds of information—much of it unsorted data—and in that regard rethink their systems.
Like most enterprise resource systems, supply chain management (SCM) is experiencing a shift toward the SaaS model. But perhaps unlike similar services, this move to on-demand represents standardization over a greater reach than SCM had before, and is projected to rescue SCM from the veritable slump the sector’s been in this year.