Gartner Research

The 10 Ugly Truths of Postmodern ERP

Published: 29 March 2016

ID: G00293100

Analyst(s): Mike Guay , Jose Ruggero


Postmodern ERP offers more flexibility and agility, but there is a reality to be faced — there is no free lunch. This research exposes 10 ugly truths about postmodern ERP scenarios, and offers best practices with which CIOs can mitigate their added complexity.

Table Of Contents


  • The 10 Ugly Truths of Postmodern ERP
    • Truth 1 — You Can Increase Flexibility and Agility or Reduce Complexity, but You Can't Do Both
    • Truth 2 — SaaS Applications Will Not Solve Every Problem With Traditional ERP Approaches, and Will Introduce New Challenges
    • Truth 3 — Data Integrity Is Often Overlooked in Tactical Decisions
    • Truth 4 — Integration Is Not Necessarily Easy, Despite What Vendors Are Saying and Selling
    • Truth 5 — Bimodal IT Provides a Great Approach for Postmodern ERP, but Few Organizations Have Even Considered a Bimodal Approach to ERP
    • Truth 6 — Many Organizations Are Not Prepared for the Pervasive Change Necessary to Take Advantage of Postmodern ERP
    • Truth 7 — Most Organizations Are Not Prepared to Manage Multiple Vendors and Sourcing Strategies
    • Truth 8 — The Selling of SaaS Applications Directly to LOB Leaders Increases the Risk of Mounting IT Debt
    • Truth 9 — Cracks in the ERP Foundation Cannot Be Just Patched Over
    • Truth 10 — The New Postmodern ERP Game Can't Be Played Under the Old Rules

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