As businesses are future-proofing for disruptions ahead, operational agility is becoming a major focus for IT leaders and business leaders alike. Businesses need to be constantly prepared to flex and adapt their operations, as the pace of change is continuing to accelerate. The businesses that are becoming more resilient to change and prepared to thrive amidst disruption are the ones who will succeed in the future.
Unfortunately, while a lot of technology is assisting in optimizing this new reality, legacy ERP systems are unable to keep up with this shift. Many ERP systems move too slowly for the increasing pace of business today. Further, they lack real-time insights to effectively inform and drive decisions, and can silo data in hard-to-find locations. And lastly, ERPs drag down business with unneeded complexity that make them inaccessible to business users. IT has a massive backlog of work, so by effectively enabling business users to solve the problems they are closest to without IT support – with the right guardrails – will give IT the opportunity to focus on large-scale change.
With ERP systems missing some of the new keys to digital success, the burden of solving this challenge falls with IT, as many challenges do. While a business is seeking more agility and flexibility, running on a large, complex ERP brings two major points of tension. Not only are these systems impenetrable for your typical team member without familiarity into the system, but core IT is also missing the resources to solve for the demands that enterprise organizations have crop up in the constantly changing market.
As Forrester’s recent report entitled “The Digital Operations Platform: Your Bold, Next-Gen Approach To ERP” lays out, the organizations that keep up with these constantly evolving needs are embracing a new model. By focusing on a new kind of digital operations platform (DOP) and moving away from the traditional ERP, they are aligning with the needs of modern business. These platforms are adaptive, AI-based, and accessible.