As technology advances, more and more businesses are rethinking their legacy ERP systems and moving to the cloud. It’s a journey we’ve been on ourselves at Unit4, moving from a monolithic, self-contained architecture to a next-gen, cloud-native system that allows us to truly serve our customers and their people. This journey was years in the making, and we’ve learned a lot along the way—which I want to share now.
The Most Innovative Companies 2021 report from BCG reveals that successful innovators make innovation a priority, commit investment and talent to it, and have an innovation system to transform ideas into results.
The BCG report is a scientific study, but I’m pleased to see it accords reasonably well with my own personal experience of leading innovation in a technology business. Here are what I have found to be the essential ingredients in successful innovation.
In this Q&A, I discuss, with TechTarget, cloud-based composable ERPs, which enable companies to pick and choose the applications and vendors they want, the future.
Resilience helps businesses adapt to disruption and come out ahead in a new environment. In the recent Covid crisis, resilient companies were able to quickly roll out systems that support remote work and build new customer engagement channels.
No enterprise software operates in isolation; it all has to be integrated. However, keeping integrations up to date can be a burden. Now, there’s a simpler, more effective way of doing it — enterprise mesh.
Mesh is a term usually associated with Wi-Fi. It refers to connecting multiple base stations so users get a seamless experience as they move from one place to another. Enterprise mesh takes this concept and applies it to an organization’s suite of software.
Just as companies must transform to meet today’s challenges, the software vendors they rely on must also mutate their products to become a better fit for the next generation of organizations. And that’s happening with ERP. From my perspective, here are the seven ways ERP is evolving, along with my tip for selecting an ERP vendor.
Low-code/no-code software is on the rise. Gartner, Inc. estimates that the worldwide low-code development technologies market will grow 23%, to $13.8 billion, in 2021. So, what is it? And why is everyone so interested?
“Low-code” and “no-code” refer to software that doesn’t require a qualified programmer to set up and change. Implementing this type of software still involves configuration, but far less actual coding.
Every ERP vendor will tell you their software is ‘future-proof’. But what characteristics really make enterprise software a smart investment in an unpredictable future? I believe there are four main qualities CIOs should look for.
There’s a lot of hype around machine learning, but what does it really mean in the context of enterprise software? How does it work, where is it adding business value today, and what should we expect from it in the future?
Let’s start with some definitions. Artificial intelligence (AI) is an umbrella term that includes machine learning (ML), deep learning and cognitive learning. The part most relevant to enterprise software is ML, which in this context is the ability to create automation through AI algorithms.
Good decisions require good data, but pulling it all together and getting it into a format you can analyze isn’t easy. One of the biggest factors isn’t technology, it’s people. Here are three steps for getting data into a form you can analyze, including the technology you need to process it and the data culture necessary to make it happen.