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It’s 2015: Do You Know Which Era Your ERP Architecture is From?

Posted by Indusa Admin on August 4, 2015 5:12 am

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Both a blessing and a curse of technology is that it’s constantly outpacing itself. What that means for your ERP, however, is that the underlying technology powering the system may be woefully outdated.

Take the instance of JD Edwards World, which was built in the 1980s or JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, which was built in the 1990s, during the dawn of the client-server era. Much has changed and evolved since then, yet these ERPs were built in a time and place where the technology landscape looked vastly different. On the other hand, modern ERPs are offering a completely different technology architecture, making integration, upgrades, and customization much more attuned to today’s business needs.

Microsoft is at the forefront of new technology advancements including cloud services, apps, mobility, social computing and platforms that unlock the potential of technology trends such as Big Data. The Microsoft Upstream Reference Architecture (MURA) framework offers guidance on the value proposition of Microsoft’s technologies and how they align with industry trends and challenges without constraining the ways in which these technologies can be integrated. MURA works on the following principles:

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Here are some of the key drivers for the evolution of a more efficient architecture that Microsoft offers:

  • Plug-and-Play Technology: XML standards-based technologies such as WITSML, PRODML or RESQML, curated and supported by Energistics, provide common data interfaces. This provides the foundation needed to ensure plug-and-play access to best-in-class hardware and software solutions that run both in the private data center and in the cloud.
  • Big Data Management: Storage and Master Data Management. Repositories to capture and enable analysis of operational and business data; located on-premises, in the cloud, or a hybrid mixture of both.
  • Workflow, Process, and Information Integration: Connected, agile businesses require solutions that integrate the workflows of the business workers and the systems they use, their process and procedures, and the information those workers create and manage as part of their work-day across all the upstream systems they interact with.
  • Collaboration: Using modern cloud-based collaboration solutions, it is much faster and simpler to permit multiple employees within an organization as well as authorized external partners to securely access shared information, and only for the time required, including years, months or just days.

Compare your ERP’s underlying technology architecture with the above; does it stack up? Consider the time and ease at which you can integrate your ERP with modern technology, or whether you are able to respond to evolving business needs using the existing framework. Is your organization missing out on tapping into the power of what today’s technology can provide?

Comparing JD Edwards and Microsoft Dynamics AX

Manoj Nair
About the Author – Manoj Nair

Manoj Nair is a seasoned IT professional with over 12 years of experience in Software Consultancy, ERP Implementation, Testing, ISV Development & Client Management. He is a Senior Project Manager at Indusa and is responsible of managing various software programs through cross functional coordination.


Topics: ERP