Issue OverviewBusiness Information - February 2014, Volume 2, Number 1
Don't believe the hype: Enterprise resource planning isn't dead. It's come a long way in its 20-plus years -- and today is on the cusp of a new life. ERP applications are running nearly every part of all kinds of businesses, from social media startups to banks and construction companies. But powerful computing trends are having a very real effect on the traditional ERP system. With more workers demanding everywhere access on their mobile devices, many systems are breaking up and moving to the cloud. Then there's customization: Once an unavoidable necessity, it's going out of style. The No. 1 reason? Cost. When you add layers upon layers of specialized features, upgrades are more expensive and difficult to manage -- and total cost of ownership goes up over time.
This issue of Business Information offers readers a roadmap for tomorrow's ERP, pinpointing the detours they’ll encounter. Readers can expect advice from organizations ahead of the curve, with ERP systems already in the cloud -- why they made the switch, why they would recommend it and what organizations should do to successfully transition. They'll see firsthand the recurring problems facing users -- and discover how to solve them.
It may be full of twists and turns, but with these directions the road to tomorrow's ERP isn't so harrowing after all. Access >>>
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Building better acceptance tests: A look at the test-driven spaceship
by James A. Denman
Gil Zilberfeld, product manager at Typemock, uses unconventional methods to show developers the importance of good acceptance tests.
Is ERP technology going nowhere -- or everywhere?
by David Essex
Traditional enterprise resource planning is breaking up and drifting to the cloud. That makes mobile access and collaboration easier -- but the integration headaches have only just begun.
Heavy ERP customization no longer in vogue, experts and customers agree
by Todd Morrison
Organizations once tailored their enterprise resource planning systems, but cost and management hassles -- along with more configurable setups -- are making the practice obsolete.
- Building better acceptance tests: A look at the test-driven spaceship by James A. Denman
FAQ: Back to basics with ERP 101
by Brenda Cole
In this FAQ, find answers to the most common ERP questions. Learn about different types of ERP modules, the software selection process and more.
Cloud ERP software introduces business benefits, culture shock
by Brenda Cole
Perceived hassles and threats will continue to keep the jittery from moving enterprise resource planning to cloud. But organizations that have made the move are on an all-time high.
Tidy up to get optimal value from your ERP configuration
by Mary Driscoll
By tolerating maddeningly complicated enterprise resource planning systems, organizations have been cheating themselves. It's time to simplify.
- FAQ: Back to basics with ERP 101 by Brenda Cole
The buzz: Uplift modeling could have strong upside
by Ed Burns, Site Editor
Uplift modeling programs can be labor-intensive and tricky without the expertise of an experienced marketing team.
- The buzz: Uplift modeling could have strong upside by Ed Burns, Site Editor
Enterprise resource planning software dead? Tell me another one
by Mark Fontecchio
Don't believe the hype. ERP isn't going anywhere. It will, however, adapt to a world where mobile and cloud reign.
Cloud, mobile technologies ease ERP installation woes
by Scot Petersen, Editorial Director
It's time to enter the 21st century and make the most out of new technologies to make ERP installation easier and more cost-efficient.
- Enterprise resource planning software dead? Tell me another one by Mark Fontecchio
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