Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems in use by many businesses today are a mishmash of records and antiquated technologies, leaving much to be desired as their value decreases because of the demands associated with rising technologies. Intelligent ERP or i-ERP looks to provide enhanced functionality in the space, allowing companies to get the full value of the information they maintain.
As with any new technology, understanding precisely when these systems will take a major foothold in the industry is a challenge, especially due to the higher costs associated with implementing a new ERP system. However, forward thinking businesses are going to move forward in hopes of staying ahead of the competition and keeping pace with the increasingly digital environment in which we all work.
The benefits of i-ERP are great, with many considering these advances to be a disruption in the traditional ERP market. Based on its potential, suppliers are moving quickly to create the offerings businesses want to see. While these solutions are available in the market today, they have yet to become prevalent in the business world. That is likely to change within the next one to five years, however, with many experts considering the period from two to three years from now to be the potential point of the largest surge.
A foundation in ERP serves as a strong starting point, but more will be required from IT professionals looking to shift into this potentially disruptive space. Since i-ERP, like many other predictive technologies, relies heavily on machine learning, having knowledge and skills associated with AI and predictive analytics will put you in a position to take advantage of the emerging market. Competency in the area of natural language processing will also be helpful as many i-ERP systems are expected to include user experiences featuring assistive technologies that use conversational style input.
Many of these newer systems will also be cloud-based solutions, so experience in cloud technologies, implementation, and support are also vital for IT professionals interested in working in the i-ERP space. The processes for using data in a predictive manner also mean ongoing reconfigurations will be a necessity, helping to fine tune the results and improve the user experience over time.
While traditional ERP isn’t likely to leave the workplace for quite some time, as new solutions become available and businesses who were considering making a change take advantage of these new technologies, the demand for employees capable of managing i-ERP solutions will grow significantly.
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