ERP for the modern age

Don't get me wrong, we at BestXperts are diehard SAP fans. After all, we earn our living by implementing SAP software. But there are times when we just can't stop ranting about SAP idiosyncrasies that drive us crazy. Most of these rants boil down to one common trend - SAP is unnecessarily difficult. Some of this stems from the fact that SAP has turned into a behemoth with a number of large acquisitions in the last 5 years which seems to have impacted SAP's ability to execute quickly and with acceptable level of quality. Other times we get really frustrated with SAP's "enterprisy" approach to such things as mobility and web services which feel very bloated when compared with the modern technologies and approaches used in those areas in the consumer space.

So we decided to do what we do best - dream a little. What would an ERP system look like if it was built today, in 2012, making use of the current trends and technological advancements in the software development space?

Investing in relationships with your clients pays triple

Here is a real situation. Two SAP consultants are equally knowledgeable, equally diligent and equally passionate about their work. Both do a great job at gathering business requirements, configuring the system and getting things done in a reasonable amount of time. One finishes a successful go-live and gets praise from the client. The other is accused of taking too long, not keeping the client properly informed and is cut from the project. The only difference between the two consultants was the amount of time and effort they put into building personal relationships with their clients.