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The Future of Enterprise Resource Planning Software
The market leading ERP business applications are continuously evolving, impressive new challengers frequently enter the market and a few of yesterday's pretenders become tomorrow's contenders. The next version of the ERP Software REPORT is underway and while no predictions can be made at this point, the research for version 10 is suggesting possible market changes in the following areas:

  • New impressive challengers in the ERP software as a service (SAAS) space
  • An increased competition in the second tier (middle market) on premise ERP systems
  • A concentration of the top 2 or 3 open source ERP software products growing far ahead of the rest of the pack
  • An increased focus by software manufacturers on industry specific ERP business systems
  • An increase in size and depth of the third party software add-on markets (however with significant differences in technology, software pricing and business value propositions clouding these solutions)
The ERP Software Leaders and Challengers
Over the last two decades the ERP software industry has frequently shown that today's leaders are often not tomorrow's key players. Innovation and obsolescence have always been fast moving. The recent advancements of on-demand, hosted or software as a service (SAAS) business systems, subscription pricing models, open source software solutions, service oriented architectures (SOA), XML web services integration, business analytics and a move toward enterprise wide integrated systems demonstrate how the ERP industry can quickly change. ERP users constantly request more and improved software utilization and the software publishers that consistently satisfy user demands increase market share. While the list is not exhaustive, the established leaders and several challengers are being reviewed for version 10.
ERP Software Leaders

CRM software Version 9 ERP Hosted Leaders

CRM software Version 9 ERP On Premise Leaders

CRM software Version 9 ERP Open Source Leaders

  • Aplicor
  • Intacct
  • NetSuite
  • SAP
  • Workday
  • Epicor
  • Infor
  • Microsoft Dynamics
  • Oracle
  • SAP
  • Apache OFBix / opentaps
  • Compiere
  • ERP5
  • OpenMFG
  • OpenPro

CRM software Version 10 Hosted ERP

CRM software Version 10 On Premise ERP

CRM software Version 10 Open Source ERP

  • We expect one or two challengers to make a Top 5 placement
  • We expect 1 to 3 challengers to make a Top 5 placement
  • We expect that 2 challengers may make a Top 5 placement

ERP Recommendations
The ERP Software REPORT uses a methodical process to separate the contenders from the pretenders and identify the top rated vendors. ERP business systems evaluations segment key findings for each of the five primary business software areas, which include financial accounting software, distribution and supply chain management software, customer relationship management software, human resource software and manufacturing software. Delivering objective recommendations within the context of company size, budget, industry, business requirements and country or region provide additional perspectives that go beyond simple software product comparisons. With each ERP business software area, we also drill down into the most influential factors which separate great Enterprise Resource Planning applications from the rest of the pack.

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What's Next in ERP Software?

Web 2.0 Social Media
web 2.0 entrprise 2.0
Web 2.0
We've noticed a clear and promising trend toward Web 2.0 technologies by the most forward thinking ERP application vendors. While most of these social media and collaboration tools are still in the design, development or early release phases, it's clear that some ERP systems are incorporating new technologies (such as AJAX) to align themselves with several key Web 2.0 applications such as social networks, RSS syndication, video, wikis, blogs, mashups, content tagging, forums and knowledge-bases. Web 2.0 and ERP may prove to be a strong combination.
Enterprise 2.0
In recent ERP vendor meetings, new ideas and new software capabilities are being shared which promise further product differentiation, decreased TCO (total cost of ownership) and increased ROI (return on investment). While most of these new capabilities focus on improved automation, several also provide material benefits to system administrators, DBAs, help desk analysts and IT (Information Technology) support staff. Subject to our normal ERP due diligence and clear demonstration of ROI, we're certain many of these new capabilities will make it to version 10.


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