I dislike attempting to predict the future; it seems like misplaced energy to me. Concentrating positively on current realities is the best way to show responsibility for the future. Anyone who’s communicated adamantly about the future has usually eaten their words in my experience. So… why am I posting about the future?
Well, first off, that opening paragraph is saying; take this post with a grain of salt. That caveat out of the way…
The Holy Grail
Over the past few months of my reading other’s posts and articles about business system improvements, there is always a holy grail: all processes working together for instantaneous control and tracking – across all departments. Many business process management systems have implemented modules so that different departments are integrated into the ERP. It is common now to see a customer management system (CMS), and/or a warehouse management system (WMS) rolled out with an ERP upgrade.
It is the holy grail to know instantaneously every phase of materials to shelf; financial data, materials on hand, projected sales, traceability – all to be communicated clearly with live data; now.
As the demand for instantaneous data/reporting is increasing it is natural that the various technical platforms need to communicate with each other. The time for multiple stand alone systems is past us. Sharing data and information is not a dream of the future; it is necessary now.
A Forbes article posted today is looking at the demands of instantaneous, accurate data in the realm of transportation. The author states, “The most difficult problem to solve seems to be streamlining data across multiple players in a single transaction.”
ORG excels at bridging different systems and processes, customizing to the unique needs of companies. However, our goal is always to standardize whenever possible. Communication is most effective when the same language is spoken.
I have seen the future
So, here I go out on a ledge… my prediction is a means of communication, standardized in such a manner, so that all ERP systems can communicate with each other. Systems will exchange information in datablocks as processes progress. We can expect a standardized code language that is borderless, on all platforms, and instantaneous in communication exchange. You’ll know where your wigit is, how much it cost, and how many are being purchased this quarter. And since it is cloud based, you’ll access the information from anywhere.