Forrester White Paper – Two-tier ERP Strategy

This is an excellent read for companies that are medium to large in size. It looks at the confronting questions of how to equip subsidiaries with integrated business management—without the high costs required for the SAP, Oracle or other ERP systems they run at headquarters.

It’s Time to Clarify Your Global ERP Strategy, for a look at how two-tier “hub-and-spoke” ERP can offer greater speed, efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

I received my copy on the NetSuite site and the link below goes to that landing page. Read it in association with our Compare ERP Guidebook.

In this white paper, Forrester discussed how the main players can fit in with various strategies, covering Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, Netsuite &  Epicor. Below is a diagram explaining the typical single-hub model, paper explains other options and when to use them.

2-tier ERP

ERP Vendors – microsoft

This week in Atlanta, Microsoft are running their Convergence user conference.

The key announcement was that

the company revealed a path for its ERP customers to move to the cloud with the next major releases of Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions, which will run on the Windows Azure platform.

This means that the next version of Dynamics SL, GP, NAV and AX will be both available as Cloud and On-premise applications.

In addition Microsoft introduced Dynamics AX 2012. This is the high end Microsoft solution that competes with the likes of SAP and Oracle.

The beta of Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 will be released in April 2011. The final release is expected to be generally available in August 2011.

More information on this release is here.

In addition Microsoft announced that:

  1. Microsoft Dynamics SL 2011 is now generally available
  2. The On-premise version of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 is now available ( you can have it on the cloud or in your own offices)
  3. Dynamics NAV 2009 R2 with improved integration with Dynamics CRM is available
  4. Dynamics GP 2010 R2 will be generally available on May 1, 2011

ERP Collaboration

One of the negatives of early ERP systems was that getting information out was difficult – here is a Microsoft video on how they share data from the ERP out to Office and Sharepoint –  making it easier to get to the right decisions to keep sales growing.

We have highlighted Collaboration as a key requirement in out ERP-Checklist download.