Software pundits have been saying for some time now that ERP needs to make some fundamental changes or it will collapse, and many a debate has risen as to how quickly these infrastructural developments need to be made. Recently, Mohammed Haque, a VP at business process management provider Genpact, surmised that companies are going to shift away from ERP implementations and focus on application support management instead.
Last week, Strategy Partners International announced that an independent panel of judges at Sapience 2009 declared NetSuite OneWorld the winner of an “enterprise software shoot-out” against SAP Business ByDesign. Of late, NetSuite has been going after SAP pretty aggressively, so they are certainly proud to wear this feather in their cap.
Unit 4/Agresso has been commissioning research projects with CFO Magazine and IDC, and their most recent study was a look at how customers are affected when changes must be made to ERP software to accommodate both software and business changes. The report, titled “Modifying and Maintaining ERP Systems: The High Cost of Business Disruption,” was just another affirmation of what ERP vendors have known for a while: clunky, hard-to-upgrade products requiring a complex system of integrators cannot keep up with modern business needs.
This year, many have vocalized concerns about the maladroitness of ERP, given that many major vendors are offering on-premise products. But each month there are a number of announcements that prove ERP is getting hip.
Last week, Hard Dollar announced the release of an “Advanced Progress Tracking” module for their project cost management platform. Hard Dollar specializes in ERP solutions for the construction industry, and has offerings for several verticals within that industry, like mining, and oil & gas.