Looking at ERP’s trend line for the New Year

////Looking at ERP’s trend line for the New Year
It may seem difficult to look forward into the future of the ERP industry, as it is seemingly always taking new shapes and forms across manufacturing organizations. However, industry professional Ruth Raistrick wrote on Manufacturing.net that businesses that start an ERP implementation this year should be mindful of the improved collaboration and technology that is expected in 2014. Collaboration will likely be a big step for companies, as it will allow workers to keep in contact in a way they were not previously able to do. “Greater collaboration will mean that different departments are constantly feeding into each other, and customers can be immediately updated of any issues, so that any hiccups in the supply chain can be solved straight away,” she wrote. A recent white paper from Dynamic Manufacturing Group and The Aberdeen Group said with 92 percent of manufacturing businesses using some kind of ERP system, it will be important for all to keep up with what is new with the technology. The best performing systems are those that help employees keep a running line of communication open, as 47 percent of best-in-class ERP users have real-time collaboration versus 33 percent of other businesses. About 83 percent of the best systems also have an integrated business system that is auditable, thereby keeping better records of these increased communications. The paper said the most successful organizations are able to be more scalable and flexible than ever before. ERP will be needed as a backbone of business functions to give enhanced compliance and visibility. Driving modern ERP forward In order to keep the most modern, innovative ERP systems in place, Raistrick said organizations should focus on better integration with business processes, mobile connectivity, increased reliance on cloud computing and knowledge that there is now more space than ever between businesses that choose to move forward in technology and those that stand pat. “ERP is becoming more responsive and flexible,” she wrote. “It does, and will, continue to deliver genuine ROI in countless ways to users who are prepared to fully explore the capabilities that their ERP solution offers. Those who are reluctant to adjust to ERP or who are too invested in old, outdated legacy systems which struggle to adapt to supply chain growth will find themselves in danger of losing pace with the competition.” 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.