Ten years ago, times were very good to manufacturers when it came to the variety of ERP options open to them. For years, On-Premise ERP has provided the functionality manufacturers have required to support their business processes. Many manufacturers are using ERP systems that are ten, twenty and, in a few cases, thirty years old.
Much has changed, however, in the last ten years and these very systems which worked so well in the past are creating problems in the present. Manufacturers are finding that their markets have changed, caused by both business and consumer-altered demands. Today, the business must adapt to a significantly changed business environment than that which they served a decade ago.
Not only have they had to adapt to a global environment but collaboration through the supply chain, performed with a variety of mobile devices, is now the norm. While they limped along with their legacy ERP system through the global business changes, they are now choking because their legacy On-Premise solutions have not been — and cannot be — changed to meet this rapidly changing social and collaborative environment.