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

Is the Era of Single, Monolithic ERPs Coming to an End?


We wanted to find out whether there’s any consensus on the notion that the age of single, monolithic enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems is coming to an end, making way for individual applications connected via open application programming interfaces (APIs) and other platform services.

Strongly agree 41.03%
Agree 23.08%
Neither agree nor disagree 20.51%
Disagree 10.26%
Strongly disagree 5.13%

Some 64% of respondents agreed that indeed this is the case, and several respondents commented further on this in their ERP predictions for the coming year.

Of the experts who disagreed, a few pointed out that some of the large ERPs will remain entrenched, in part because of their solid value and in part because it would require a massive investment to replace them. Joshua Greenbaum, Principal of Enterprise Applications Consulting, strongly disagreed with the statement, predicting that “the existing behemoths will roam the IT landscape for some time.”

Overall, the jury agrees that the reign of large ERP systems as we’ve known them is over. At TEC, we see the benefits of having a single, integrated system for managing a business, but realize that there is no single vendor or solution that can easily host all business data and processes in the context of rapidly changing technology and business practices. In a popular article claiming “ERP Is Dead—Long Live erPL,” TEC’s Senior ERP Analyst, Ted Rohm, explores this topic in detail.

Of course, many ERP solutions are comprehensive and can well support a large majority of business data and processes, especially for small and midsize businesses. However, the future role of single-system ERP looks precarious.

“The existing behemoths will roam the IT landscape for some time.”

—Joshua Greenbaum, Principal, Enterprise Applications Consulting

Is the era of monolithic ERPs coming to an end?

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