Last week, Gartner highlighted five long-term trends affecting the enterprise software industry and, interestingly from an SAP users’ perspective, it stated that business intelligence (BI) and supply chain management (SCM) will be amongst the top application software growth segments for 2011 (http://bit.ly/fkvUMm).
When it comes to BI we are starting to see more and more organisations looking to make better use of their data. The question still for many organisations is whether to deploy BI with standalone systems or whether to add it to existing ERP systems? Here at the User Group, we will continue to educate our members through our SIGs as they look towards business intelligence deployments in the future.
Supply Chain Management
More than ever, having an efficient supply chain is imperative for many organisations as they look to meet today’s economic demands. Key to this is having SCM applications that can effectively support your business goals. It was therefore interesting to read that Unilver has achieved savings of £678 million using its SAP-based supply chain and procurement systems (http://bit.ly/fIpAZK). Clearly, most organisations won’t be able to achieve such large savings, but I would encourage SAP users to attend our supply chain SIGs to find out how SCM could help them.
Both BI and SCM will again be big focuses at this year’s annual user conference, details of which will be announced shortly – so watch this space!
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