Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New study from IFS reveals interest in Enterprise 2.0

A study of more than 260 manufacturing executives released today by IFS North America indicates how trends in Enterprise 2.0 will affect enterprise software used by mid- to large-sized manufacturers and industrial companies.

Interest in Enterprise 2.0, which marries enterprise resources planning (ERP) with social media functionality is real, but study data suggest that integration of ERP with existing social media tools available online is of limited value. Instead, executives saw more value in ERP that mirrored the functionality of social media sites like Twitter and Facebook in order to streamline internal communication.

“While IFS is always adding new functionality to IFS Applications, we think the greatest potential for increased productivity lies in the area of how users interact with the software and the extent to which that software induces them to share and record usable data in that ERP system of record,” IFS Chief Technology Officer IFS North America Rick Veague said. “Social media functionality has proven to be extremely effective in engaging users and stimulating communication, so embedding features like chat, wikis and instant messaging into ERP would seem to offer significant benefits.”

The study of manufacturing executives with mid- to large-sized companies was conducted for IFS North America by Boston-based Affinity Research Group.

The findings conclude that:

  • The ability to integrate with external social media tools on the public internet does not weigh heavily on the selection process for ERP. However the adoption of social media functions to include collaborative and communication capabilities is viewed with importance, but is not seen as a major influencer. There are two primary benefits of social functionality embedded in ERP; to streamline and communicate within the enterprise and secondly to document business processes to support lean initiatives.
  • Manufacturing executives are optimistic about the potential benefits of social functionally embedded in ERP and realize that there could be great value if their ERP application includes features that mirror the functionality of online social networking tools. Increasing communication in the enterprise and the ability to capture the tacit knowledge of senior employees are the most frequently reported benefits.

The complete study report is now available for download at www.ifsworld.com/us.

About IFS

IFS is a public company (OMX STO: IFS) founded in 1983 that develops, supplies, and implements IFS Applications™, a component-based extended ERP suite built on SOA technology. IFS focuses on agile businesses where any of four core processes are strategic: Service & asset management, manufacturing, supply chain and projects. The company has 2,000 customers and is present in more than 50 countries with 2,700 employees in total. Net revenue in 2009 was SKr 2.6 billion.

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