August 14, 2017 * John Adams at 12:54 pm

SapphireOne on-premises software solution and Postmodern ERP

Postmodern ERP refers to the software solution that is built in modules where all administrative and operational business capabilities such as finance, accounting, Human resources, purchasing, inventory management, manufacturing, order management and supply chain management are integrated in a software suite.  It is a technology strategy that provides appropriate level of integration facility in order to meet individual organisation’s requirements.  Gartner comments that, in present time, we are morphing slowly into postmodern ERP era as it has numerous features and capabilities.

How SapphireOne fits under the definition of Postmodern ERP

Postmodern ERP is not best of breed or standalone approach or an ERP megasuite, where ERP functionalities are covered by a separate application or solution from different vendors. With postmodern ERP, there is a core ERP system, either as an on-premise or in the cloud, based on the organisation’s needs. The core ERP would for example cover such areas as Human Resources, Purchasing & Procurement, Material Resource Planning(MRP), Financial Accounting, Customer Relationship management (CRM). This core is extended with certain specialist solutions such as Warehouse Management, Inventory Management, Front Counter Operations, Distribution Accounting, Supply Chain Management (SCM) etc. These are implemented specially for retail, quality management or human capital management.

Gartner’s 2015 CIO Survey indicates that in Australia and New Zealand, ERP is positioned as the fifth requirement overall on a company’s investment list.  It is a top priority for CIOs who are making investment in ERP to comprehend the effect of new ERP system. If a company has grown considerably within a short time span, then it is way easier and cheaper to upgrade system when the system follows postmodern ERP.

One capability of Postmodern ERP is that it provides a fundamental shift away from a single vendor megasuite toward a more loosely coupled and federated ERP environment. According to a well known authority in the postmodern ERP world, the ERP suite is deconstructed into a more [loose] set of integrated business functions. The pieces make up the whole, rather than the whole (or suite) comprising the pieces. This brings speed, agility, and flexibility. But the ugly truth of this definition is one can increase flexibility and agility, or reduce complexity but one can’t do both. Anybody who thinks cloud ERP is the answer to their monolithic, on-premises vendor pain is completely wrong. Gartner has projected a near 100 per cent failure rate for cloud ERP projects by 2018. Hence, despite the rigid nature of on-premises ERP suites, they solved some key issues, including the need for consistency and integrity of data and processes.

Continuous deployment is one of the most important features of postmodern ERP. In Postmodern ERP system, upgrading new releases are pretty much a straightforward task. Previously implemented customisations, integration and data stay as they are when the solution is updated without any additional task. This increases business value and performance and hugely impact the growth of the business.

For ERP, operating business process capabilities in handheld devices (mobile or iPad) is what is often referred to as postmodern ERP. This feature allows vendors to offer more fragmented and hence more relevant functionalities to its end-users. In other words: some users only require access to timesheets and expenses, while others need to make use of the financial system, project planning or reporting via Mobile or iPad.

SapphireOne is an on-premises ERP software solution but it fits under the definition of Postmodern ERP. The Sapphire web pack solution allows for unlimited users to access certain parts of the live data file from any device with a browser. For example, iPhones, iPads, Android Smartphone’s & Tablets, along with your standard laptop or desktop. Sapphire and SapphireOne keep itself up to date with current standards and provide two major software releases per year. Sapphire and SapphireOne also supply on a weekly basis, version updates to download from our SapphireOne SFTP. Finally, SapphireOne has the ability to operate on the existing information architecture and can provide maximum security while giving the opportunity for real-time access to information. Read our blog about 10 Reasons why companies choose SapphireOne as their preferred Financial Management System.

SapphireOne ERP, CRM, Business Accounting solution is an industry leader in both functionality and features at an extremely affordable price. Contact us to try a free live demo and to find out more about how SapphireOne can improve your business enterprise performance.

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