The Internet of Things (IoT) is set to revolutionise how businesses use Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) as the practice of collecting, analysing and processing Big Data from electronics, software and sensors. It will open up many exciting and lucrative new opportunities. According to research by IDC, 40% of data will be generated by machines by 2020, and the billions of connected devices will make IT – and in particular, ERP activities – a unique selling point for large corporations.
To maximise the potential gains from this huge mass of data, ERP systems must be flexible, intelligent and act in real time. While data runs were consigned to silos and ran at intervals during the day in the past, new systems will live and die by their ability to process, analyse and show important data in real time. “The internet of things offers new business opportunities, positively and negatively,” SAP Head of customer innovation, Mark Raben says. “Today, an organisation can offer value; tomorrow, the customer can find the information himself. Organisations have to be flexible; so does the ERP system.”
IoT platforms provided by Cloud specialists including Oracle, SAP and Microsoft will enable businesses to build new business models through intelligent ERP. These scalable systems will also make it easier to make better decisions in less time. Business is now only just beginning to realise the potential of IoT, and it is likely to have a substantial impact on activities such as inventory management and service delivery. For example, organisations are now installing software and sensors into products to create a seamless stream of real-time data. ERP can be directly connected to manufacturing and central systems in order to monitor, manage and automate important tasks. These smarter devices are also backed up by intelligent Cloud systems.
The improvements will also enable businesses to streamline many monitoring processes. Profiting from IoT and ERP should be one of the many targets for modern businesses as they look to adapt to the new status quo. Recent estimates by the London Underground suggests that intelligent ERP and real-time data will help them to cut operating costs by 30% and improve customer service levels by 30% during the next few years.
Oracle solution architect, Joost Maliepaard concludes: “IoT enables the ERP system of the future to connect people, processes, data and things in an intelligent way to enable new business models and make better decisions. It will be more event-driven and intelligent. It will process more data.”
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