Paul Hofmann from SAP Labs, Palo Alto discusses the future of ERP and the software maturity model being challenged by the emergence of newer disruptive technologies like SaaS (Software as a Service), Web 2.0, Cloud computing etc.
"One day, some ERP instances (or even one) will be available as SaaS for the Fortune 500 companies, although that will take a while. After all, it took Unix about 35 years to make it from inception to running shop floors, planes, power plants, and so on.
But two strong forces are coming to bear. From the bottom, the economics of multicore technologies are making SaaS and cloud computing the inevitable winners. From the front end, Web 2.0 for the enterprise will let smart people script services for special purposes that connect to the cloud and run on mobile devices. With people expecting ERP at their fingertips, using their PDAs to take advantage of massive power on the back end, enterprise IT is likely to be in for radical changes."
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