So the New year is upon us and we are back to work which after the initial short, sharp, shock isn’t so bad, I have spent the last few days catching up on emails and trawling through this year’s tips and trends to watch in 2011. It would seem everyone has something to say or some prediction to make. A firm favourite of mine for humour has to be 11 predictions for 2011 by Philip Howard but another one which caught my eye was Top ERP predictions for 2011 by Chris Kanaracus.
In this article Chris highlights the fact that “mobile applications are already becoming a requirement for ERP vendors and that won’t change in 2011, judging by recent numbers from research firm IDC. The number of downloaded mobile applications will leap from 10.9 billion this year to 76.9 billion in 2014, and revenue will experience a greater than 60% compound annual growth rate in the next several years, topping $35 billion in 2014”.
Why was this article of such interest to me? And why did it catch my eye? Well it did me the huge favour, on this dismal January morning, of reminding me of my lovely long weekend break back in August. Back then I regaled you all with tales of how mobilising SAP had saved my long weekend in the Loire Valley.
It seems I am not alone in the need to mobilise my ERP system. More and more users are becoming frustrated with their legacy and core applications and are demanding that they step up and become mobile ready, to fit in with how the modern workforce operates. As I mentioned before this is one of the key requests we are receiving from our customers at the minute, and is something which we believe will be a key area of focus in 2011.