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ERP Reaching a Crossroads in Technological Capability

Even though Microsoft Excel is being used over ERP

In today's data-heavy enterprise, a fully enabled enterprise resource planning platform is not just an advantage, it's a necessity.

And just like other applications commonly used in the finance community, ERP is being transformed by the growing popularity of cloud computing and smartphones in the enterprise. According to a recent survey of executives conducted by IFS North America, access to a mobile interface is the most important aspect taken into consideration when making an ERP purchasing decision, as cited by 81 percent of respondents.

In fact, the survey suggested that, if vendors do take this into account, they may soon persuade many who have been reluctant to actually use ERP tools. Seventy-five percent of the survey's respondents said they use spreadsheet software, Microsoft Excel specifically, rather than the ERP solution provided by their employer.

While this is undoubtedly good news for Microsoft, even its executives believe the finance community should turn toward cloud-based ERP. At the company's Worldwide Partner Conference in Los Angeles, Microsoft officials are expected to unleash a cloud-based ERP solution that will be available on its Azure cloud service, according to a recent PC World report.

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