11 hot ERP topics for 2011: analysis and predictions

2010 has been a dramatic year for ERP; look for the tumult to continue in 2011

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The year that's fast coming to close has been an exciting, dramatic, and wild ride for the typically staid world of ERP software: 2010 saw unprecedented lawsuits, impressive growth in new software-delivery models, TMZ-worthy executive shake-ups, and many critical acquisitions that, combined, should have lasting effects on the enterprise software market.

Even though past performance does not guarantee future results, I believe that in 2011 we will bear witness to just as much dramatic change -- spectacular customer successes and failures, some ERP vendors crushing the competition and others crashing and burning, and pent-up customer frustration with the status quo in traditional ERP deployments.

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Overall, precisely when things should be getting easier for ERP licensing deals, software implementations, and next-gen upgrades, the opposite is occurring: Talking to CIOs, industry analysts, and ERP watchers, one finds there is much too much complexity and confusion as we enter the new year.

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