The new year is ready to bring new trends to manufacturing and supply chain professionals. ERP professional Mark Connolly wrote on Business 2 Community that 2014 will be about getting more from cloud computing, big data and mobile devices. Organizations should consider adopting a fully-functioning system, such as Dynamics NAV.

One trend he sees coming is that there will be more informed buyers in the ERP industry. He said mobility and analytics will also go from a business nicety to essential.

“In addition, the c-suite will be under increasing pressure in a shaky economy, which will put more pressure on their employees to provide decision-making tools and dashboards designed to support their need for information, no matter where they are,” Connolly wrote.

Connolly said that improved user experience will be important in ERP moving forward, as employees will need to be able to easily use this software to help benefit the business across the board.

Hai Hong Swineheart, research analyst at Gartner, said adoption of cloud computing will drive an increase in spending through 2014. Regional differences may affect how this takes place, she said, but new software sales through software-as-a-service platforms will be driving the industry over the next year.

Learn how to define your ERP strategy by downloading the white paper entitled “ERP in Manufacturing: Defining the ERP Strategy” from the DMS website today.