The demands of Industry 4.0 are making ERP systems more mobile, open, powerful, and user-friendly.
'D!conomy', 'Internet of Things', 'Industry 4.0' – all buzzwords that serve well to sum up the latest ERP trends. "The increasing digitalization of companies and their processes is based not least on the fact that all of the players – from employees, to machines, to software infrastructure – are networked and communicating," says Dr. Karsten Sontow, Chairman of Trovarit AG. "As the backbone of corporate management along the value-adding chain, ERP systems represent the key element in this because they define and administrate a common language in the sense of items on bills of materials, stock lists, and customer bases," says Sontow.
ERP providers will be showing us just how they go about their work in the ‘Enterprise Resource Planning & Commerce Solutions’ area at CeBIT, comprising Mobility (smartphones, tablets), Openness (e.g., HTML5), Performance (in-memory computing), and User-friendliness (role-centered GUI). The ERP Park in Hall 5 is designed as an efficient information platform, a shared booth involving a dozen companies including Cronon, e.bootis, Epicor, Gebauer, köditz-datensysteme, MQ result consulting, MS-Consult, scholz.msconsulting, and VLEXsoftware+consulting.
The GUS Group is another such company. It describes itself as a leading provider of integrated corporate solutions for quality-oriented industries such as pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, chemicals, food, cosmetics, medical equipment, and logistics services. The GUS Group has added a family of business intelligence solutions to its central ERP solution GUS-OS Suite, using technology made by BI specialist cubeware. "GUS-OS Business Intelligence is ideally suited to the strategic evaluation of operative data in the GUS-OS Suite and therefore covers practically every company area. But in conjunction with cubeware, we also have an extremely flexible reporting tool that is suitable for mobile use," says Dirk Bingler, Management Spokesman at GUS Deutschland GmbH.
godesys, another exhibitor at the ERP Park, helps small and medium-sized companies to increase their workforce efficiency, boost their process quality and speed, and reduce costs. Sectors like the booming mail-order business depend on "a hitch-free combination of ERP and CR," according to Godelef Kühl, founder and Board Chairman of godesys AG. He explains: "We'll soon be seeing how customer-oriented ERP makes all the difference to companies, whether they’re retailers, manufacturers, or service providers. If you send parcels to your customers daily, be they products or spares, you can no longer manually manage your data and processes."
At CeBIT's 'ERP & Commerce' area users can discover what’s moving the market: Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, big data, mobility and security, standardization and usability, social media marketing, and business analytics are all themes at the biggest single gathering of ERP, HR, CRM, and BI providers. The focus of 2015's ERP Forum will be the flexibility and agility of ERP solutions.
Among the various exhibitors in the 'ERP & Commerce' area is Asseco Solutions, a coalition of ERP providers from five countries within the Asseco Group, which is Europe's seventh-largest IT provider. Asseco Solutions' fully Web-based ERPII solution APplus combines CRM, eBusiness, knowledge organization, risk management, and workflow with conventional ERP for small and medium-sized businesses.
In Hall 5, Berlin-based PSIPENTA Software Systems GmbH offers a complete software portfolio for the ERP and MES fields. Its Planning, Execution, and Control (PEC) solution is designed for companies who want to integrate a system for more efficient production and/or maintenance processes into existing IT landscapes.
Innovative human resources software is presented by PCS Systemtechnik in the 'ERP & Commerce' area. Together with its partners, the Munich-based company is showing various solutions for collecting data using INTUS terminals. IT directors, production directors, and HR managers look to PCS for time-tracking terminals, entry scanners, and information computers, as well as solutions for machine data logging, order confirmations, performance-linked payment calculation, and time-management solutions – including for SAP HCM/HR.