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ERP Experts Survey | TEC 2019
Part One: Emerging ERP Technology and Trends

Which Single Force Is Causing the Biggest Disruption to the Overall ERP Landscape?


We asked experts to pick the top current disrupter in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) landscape from this list of contenders:

  • Increasing adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) capabilities
  • Hybrid/federated, on-premise/cloud architectures
  • End of monolithic ERP solutions and rise of modular, line-of-business offerings
  • Growing importance of ERP and integration to other enterprise application platforms (like customer relationship management [CRM], supply chain management [SCM], product lifecycle management [PLM], etc.) for customer centricity
  • Digital transformation and Industry 4.0
  • Move away from on-premise and towards software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions
Increasing adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) capabilities 5.13%
Hybrid/federated on-premise/cloud architectures 5.13%
End of monolithic ERP solutions and rise of modular, line-of-business offerings 10.26%
Growing importance of ERP and integration to other enterprise application platforms (e.g., CRM, SCM, PLM, etc.) for customer centricity 23.08%
Digital transformation, Industry 4.0 23.08%
Move away from on-premise and towards SaaS 33.33%

We could have asked respondents for their top three or had them rank the options in order of importance. However, we chose to force a single selection here so that our audience could clearly see the majority opinion on what’s most impacting the broader ERP market.

Unsurprisingly, the biggest single disruption according to our group of professionals is the move away from on-premise software and towards software-as-a-service (33% of respondents). Digital transformation/industry 4.0 and ERP integration with other platforms were the next largest disrupters picked by our experts (23% each). The end of monolithic ERP solutions, hybrid cloud architectures, and adoption of AI and ML are thought to be less disruptive—for now.

Several comments stipulated that these kinds of advancements exert more or less influence at different points in time. Michael Dunne, a former Gartner analyst who’s now Director of Product Marketing at Apptus, noted, “A number of these trends are unfolding together, like integration within an ecosystem, decomposition of ERP (end of monolithic ERP), and hybrid architectures.”

Ton Dobbe, Chief Inspiration Officer at Value Inspiration, provided the 10,000-foot perspective: “Now that we can combine unlimited sources of data with the ubiquitous power of in-memory technology, AI/ML analytics, and computing power, we can redefine how we work. That will change the norms and unlock value perceived impossible before.”

“A number of these trends are unfolding together, like integration within an ecosystem, decomposition of ERP (end of monolithic ERP), and hybrid architectures.”

—Michael Dunne, Director of Product Marketing, Apttus

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