Our goal at Epicor has always been to make ERP more flexible and to reduce the amount of IT resources needed to integrate and customise the system. A few years ago, industry analyst firm Gartner recognised and validated this mission for the ERP industry as a whole-sounding the call for 'postmodern ERP'. Gartner describes postmodern ERP as a hybrid ERP ecosystem consisting of a loose confederation of on-premise software suites augmented with cloud-based applications.
In the postmodern ERP era, heavily customised ERP systems are re-architected to serve as systems of record, with differentiating processes and activities supplemented with cloud-based applications that are integrated into these ERP systems.
While ERP has always been associated with efficiency, today and going forward it's more about delivering intelligence, insights and predictability. To support these new imperatives, ERP must be designed to work in today's era of cloud, data, analytics and connected machines.
To this end, it needs to function in the enterprise not as a 'dead end' siloed application but as part of an end-to-end connected solution. To this end, today's postmodern ERP solution is a combination of loosely coupled components--the more connected, the more value and the greater the ability to deliver on the promise. And in the postmodern ERP era, the upgrade lifecycle based upon the need of the business-not the vendor.
To say postmodern ERP is trending is an understatement. Gartner states that by 2018, enterprises will insist on postmodern ERP project deployments that deliver proven value in less than two years.
At Epicor, we talk about the importance of fit-ease-growth. There should be no need for business reengineering with ERP-the question businesses...