The End of Big Systems?

Artist Unknown

There are a growing number of web based (and now Open Source) applications that represent best of breed business solutions. These applications should provide the potential customers of large ERP or PDM systems (ex. SAP, Baan, JDE, Product Manager etc.) a very attractive alternative to the costs and organizational trauma associated with immense implementations. These smaller object based applications are typically simpler to integrate and always simpler to implement. Without the broad organizational impact of a monolithic system, the application’s complexity is dealt with by the experts within the process it was designed to improve. i.e. ‘buy in’ on simpler solutions results in rapid implementation, faster ROI and immediately improved process. Multiplied across a variety of business processes, well...... implementing Less = More improvements, more or less.

Rick Kennett - 12/15/97