Double vision: Postmodern ERP in an age of bimodal IT

05/09/2017 North America – The future of enterprise resource planning belongs to postmodern ERP software, modular systems that integrate data from both back-end administration and real-time performance to finally uncover all the once-hidden clockwork guts of industrial businesses and the sums of their processes. What results from this is streamlined operations, efficiency in automation and less work leading to greater returns.

There is, however, one gigantic catch: You have to know how to use it right.

From now until 2018, 80 percent of businesses with postmodern ERP in place will not execute on their ERP strategies as best as they could, according to Gartner. Even with a new look and advanced functionality, many users will still hit the same bumps in the road as always, such as overdrawn integration and high implementation costs. Why? Because these adopters have yet to correct how they think about ERP and act on the intelligence therein.

Success with postmodern resource planning solutions requires a bimodal approach, something that has garnered heaps of praise in IT circles but has yet to reach ERP specifically. What is a bimodal IT strategy, and how can applying it to postmodern ERP guarantee the efforts businesses expend on their latest technology upgrade?

Bimodal IT Part One: Playing it safe and smart

As we’ll demonstrate, bimodal IT involves the simultaneous management of two distinct, interlocking growth methodologies, the first being one that is careful, measured and predictable. Such is the way of traditional ERP, and that’s not a knock. ERP certainly has to be reliable. After all, these systems are made up of data channels around which whole businesses are built.

In this one sense, ERP-endowed organizations must use their solutions to take the data they have and apply it confidently in ways that will, without question, improve operations. Data sharing between sales and inventory is one such connection. Any sales representative who can access up-to-the-second records or send out a procurement order in a flash will convert leads to sales at a much higher clip.

Bimodal IT Part Two: Breaking molds and taking names

The second bimodal model is all about exploration, experimentation and risk-taking. Innovation cannot happen without cracking a few eggs, so to speak. Businesses these days are not static enterprises. They evolve constantly, and this shapelessness – fueled by cloud computing, the internet of things and enterprise mobility – demands an ERP solution equally as flexible and agile.

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