re: The Rise Of The Hybrid Enterprise
Josh - from our experience at UNIT4, youG«÷re right in thinking a 'one-size-fits-all' cloud offering will not wash with all customers, many of whom may be used to sophisticated, highly configurable on-premise systems. But at the same time, we agree that the old ERP model was designed for manufacturing businesses, as you point out. New approaches to ERP have already moved it in favour of the services-centric organisation. Flexible systems that change as the business changes without code-level programming and intimidating upgrades can provide these organisations with the independence they need while providing flexible delivery options, be that cloud, on-premise or a combination.
The stories of legacy-ERP implementation failures are frightening, and a move towards services-centric, subscription-based ERP is inevitable. ERP will continue but I think we can agree that the tide is turning away from legacy vendors to those providing more agile, change-friendly solutions.