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The 10 Ugly Truths of Postmodern ERP

Published: 29 March 2016

ID: G00293100

Analyst(s): Mike Guay, Jose Ruggero

Summary

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

Analysis

  • 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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