Vendor Landscape Enterprise ERP


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It is no longer just about SAP or Oracle; large enterprises now have a variety of options.

Your Challenge

ERP provides standardization and automation to resource and financial manangement. The enterprise-level systems provide modules to support resource planning in every department.
The cost and complexity of ERP makes achieving ROI impossible without clear goals and enterprise-wide support. Most organizations fail to standardize their processes and rely on costly customizations to match the ERP to the business needs.
The vast number and type of modules that are available often leads to unused modules.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

Focus on the primary business pain that you need to solve, and match the need and vendor. All vendors in this landscape can support the basic financial planning and reporting that enterprises need to handle.
These products will not fix any data quality or data access problems. That still requires forethought and governance; this cannot be automated.
Evaluate the analytics as a primary requirement, not as an afterthought.

Impact and Result

Understand what’s new in the ERP market.
Evaluate ERP vendors and products for your enterprise needs.
Determine which products are most appropriate for particular use cases and scenarios.

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Vendor Landscape Enterprise ERP

  1. 1. ERP industries started in the sixties as a mainframe deployed tool to automate repetitive manufacturing schedules. The standardization of databases by Oracle and Microsoft allowed for greater integration of enterprise modules, such as CRM and industry-specific functionality. The key to success became the capabilities of the channel partners. Enterprises were presented with the challenge of managing and effectively using the resulting excess of data. The advent of web-based software offerings (SaaS) decreased the initial cost of deploying an ERP system, furthering SME market adoption. Integration and industry specialization remain a challenge. Focus on data management tools: ERP, as a whole, has stayed static in the market. The real differentiator is how data can be analyzed and protected. Long-term value will be in the analytics: ERP is moving beyond traditional recording of transactional data to include analytics and workflow automation. Ease of use is becoming important: Vendors are finally providing the tools to configure user views rather than customize processes. ERP has become the latest enterprise application to be available as a cloud SaaS. SaaS has eased the adoption of ERP and the extensibility of existing deployments, but has not led to vendor churn. ERP is moving from merely a record of transactions, to the main support of the data management of the organization. The incorporation of analytics and workflow management is becoming a necessary module. Large vendors are easing user customization through SaaS and UI. This potentially diminishes the need for ISVs and VARs for large segments of the market.