Cloud ERP: Inertia is Not an Option

inertia_blog_cloud_erpChange is hard, especially when it applies to an organization’s business applications. It’s easy to come up with reasons not to change – “We don’t think we have a problem we need to fix” or “We think we can patch our current solution” or “Changing the solution will cause even more pain or cost too much.” However, in today’s rapidly evolving business environment, the ability to quickly adapt and change is critical.

In the past ten years, 70% of the Fortune 1000 companies have vanished. Companies that barely existed ten years ago are now industry leaders. Many of these new companies have taken advantage of the digital disruptions that have forever changed the business landscape. Disruptions that include:

  • The ability to quickly scale and extend applications in a rapidly changing business environment
  • Software that’s easy to use and configure, and will always be current without going through an upgrade process
  • Continuous real-time visibility into operations
  • Access to applications anywhere, anytime on any device
  • Social tools that enhance collaboration with employees, customers, suppliers, and partners

The question to ask yourself is – can your current business applications take advantage of these disruptions? In the next three years, will you be in the driver’s seat as your market evolves, or will you be forever trying to catch up as others disrupt your market?

In his recent blog in ZDNet (“The growing digital divide and the strategic inertia that can kill”), Oliver Marks writes about the growing chasm, and how inertia is no longer an option. How true! He devotes a section to ERP, citing Frank Scavo’s recent blog, The Maturing of ERP on the Salesforce Platform. Marks comments that there are “increasingly credible alternatives to the old line behemoths,” giving Kenandy as an example.

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