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Schrödinger's Cat: How ERP Is Both Dead and Alive

Published: 28 June 2016

ID: G00311163

Analyst(s): Carol Hardcastle, Denise Ganly


Gartner analysts are routinely asked if ERP is dead or if it is alive and relevant; the evolutionary nature of applications means it's both. CIOs must understand this paradox in order to guide their investments through the period of transition from where postmodern ERP is today to where it is going.

Table Of Contents


  • A Not-So-Brief History of ERP
    • Classicism and the Origins of ERP
    • Modernism and the Evolution of ERP
    • Postmodernism and the Beginnings of a New Era for ERP
    • Beyond Postmodern ERP — What and Where Next?
  • Why Is ERP Dead?
  • Why Is ERP Alive and How Is it Still Relevant?

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