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

What New Trends or Technologies Are Most Impacting ERP Software?


We asked our experts to choose the three technologies most impacting on enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, from this list of options:

  • Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML)
  • Semi- and fully autonomous robotics and vehicles
  • Blockchain and digital currencies like Bitcoin
  • Internet of Things (IoT) and the Industrial IoT
  • Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR)
  • Additive or 3D manufacturing
  • Low-code/no-code platforms and citizen developers
  • Business intelligence (BI) for the masses (end users discover data, create reports and dashboards, etc.)
  • Open-source tools and apps
Artificial intelligence and machine learning 76.92%
Semi- and fully autonomous robotics and vehicles 5.13%
Blockchain & digital currencies like Bitcoin 28.21%
IoT and the Industrial IoT 53.85%
Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) 5.13%
Additive or 3D manufacturing 10.26%
Low-code/no-code platforms and citizen developers 17.95%
Business intelligence (BI) for the masses (end users discover data, do reports, dashboards, etc.) 66.67%
Open-source tools and apps 12.82%

AI and ML, IoT and Industrial IoT, and BI for the masses were clear winners and each chosen by more than half of our respondents. AI is currently in the throes of a major hype cycle, so we expected to see it top the list, but it is interesting to see solid consensus around the other top choices.

Of the remaining options, only blockchain and digital currencies broke the 25% mark, while AR and VR along with semi- and fully autonomous robotics had trouble breaking the 5% mark. The crashing value of Bitcoin has been accompanied by a similar fall in the ranking of cryptocurrencies on many year-end lists.

Brian Sommer, founder of TechVentive, added to our list, noting the significance of in-memory computing.

Alan Salton, President of abas ERP, summed up this question the best: “All of these will have significant impact on ERP, some sooner than others, and some more widespread. As an example, additive manufacturing will have an impact but perhaps not as broadly as blockchain or IoT.”

What technologies and trends are the most impacting ERP software?

“All of these will have significant impact on ERP, some sooner than others, and some more widespread. As an example, additive manufacturing will have an impact but perhaps not as broadly as blockchain or IoT.”

Alan Salton, President, abas ERP

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