The cloud movement has planned a challenge to the way in which companies operate at every level. From finance to marketing, customer relations and data management, services based on the cloud are doing what the need to invest in a costly local infrastructure is almost irrelevant. The old and humble ERP, even though it is rezagada, is testigo of the same change that han suffered other entrepreneurial tools. Many companies find that the need to constantly update and maintain huge software is too tedious, demands considerable investment and, compared to less economical alternatives, is unnecessary.  

The postmodern ERP helps companies avoid the recurrent problems of maintaining the expensive legacy ERP, because it generates a unique ecosystem that leverages both local and cloud-based systems. Unlike monolithic ERP systems, postmodern ERP applications are on demand. So, if a company finds that its personal generates its best results with Basecamp and Hub spot, both can add to its postmodern infrastructure. I want to say that this company no longer has to look for a way to make the grouped solutions of a monolithic ERP work, and you can use whatever works for you.

But of course it's easier to decide that you're going to implement a postmodern strategy than actually doing it. Getting all the different applications to communicate fluidly with each other is an overwhelming task; however, the strategy of a postmodern ERP takes this into account. Gartner defined a three-layer approach to implement a postmodern ERP using systems of record, systems of differentiation and systems of innovation. The Pace Layered Approach , as you know it, lists the applications based on your vital cycles.

Create an agile registration system

Each ERP implementation is built upon a System of Records (SoR), which serves as the source of all data for this system. In organizations with complex information management systems, having a homogeneous SoR becomes something fundamental, since the different systems may not be in agreement about the same information. This disagreement can come from the use of different sources, semantic differences, time of data extraction, transformation and loading of information, and different opinions.  

While monolithic ERP systems come with a basic SoR that ensures that all modules are found on the same page, the strategy of a postmodern ERP requires that the SoR adapt to changing requirements. With the standard management of data, the IT teams focused on creating the most up-to-date record for the entire organization. As this high goal requires a large contribution of time, many times the result arrives too late as it has some value for the company.  

Agile MDM tries to obtain quick profits instead of creating a wide range that can touch aspects of IT that maybe are not relevant at that moment. This strategy can help companies make the transition to a postmodern way of life. In Agile MDM, IT teams focus first on the most current relevant business problem. So, if the company is undergoing a logistical repair, priority can be given to logistical data before other sets. In a similar way, if there is a major marketing campaign in progress, those that will tend to precedence are the customer data. This helps the organization to create a “master record” that combines significant and current data from various sources into a precise image.

Implement a differentiation system

A System of Differentiation (SoD) consists of applications that enable industry-specific capabilities. These are packages that offer your company their exclusive point of sale. For example: for a logistics company, the main differentiator could be its powerful Transport Management System (TMS), which allows it to plan routes with great efficiency. For a RR company. HH., may be the ability to identify and recruit top-notch talent, and to provide intuitive and self-service tools. The SoD require that the company's IT and business departments participate, as they are responsible for its competitive advantage.  

On the cover of SoD is where postmodern architecture starts to show its advantages. The unique methods of a company require exclusive applications, with functions that can allow the best practices to be carried out efficiently. A monolithic ERP, although it is well integrated, will also sell with modules that may be sufficient or not.  

Establish an innovation system at the top

The upper layer of a company's IT consists of applications that have a very short life cycle, and that are dealing with new business requirements as they appear. The new ideas and technologies were tested quickly through the SoR. This cover uses applications that facilitate experimentation and benefit from an agile work culture. It has already been proven that the cloud enables innovation for companies in all growth cycles, and constitutes an ideal place to host innovation systems.  

Migrate from the monolithic to the postmodern

As each of these layers will have its own culture, functionalities, and governance and data models, working together will become a challenge. The CIOs need to enable solid control measures in each of the different layers at the time that provide sufficient freedom to the SoD and SoI, in such a way that they can function optimally.  

The key to succeeding in postmodernism lies in understanding that the migration process has to be slow and gradual. Part of the focus must be on guaranteeing the shortest possible downtime. The first step will consist in implementing a registration system. If you are managing an ERP system, you already have an SoR. However, you may be thinking about moving your SoR to the cloud to have more agility.  

Start making a copy of all your existing data in a cloud data store, together with your schematics. As cloud stores admit different schemes, you can take advantage of the opportunity to exchange for a new one if you require the address of your company.

Next, you will have to decide if you want to work with a single cloud or adopt a multi-cloud approach. If only one cloud will allow for easier integration, since your IT team will only need to use one type of API, you also want to say that all your IT files will be in a single canasta. The alternative is to use several clouds, which will allow you to integrate a wider variety of applications; but the integration will be more complicated. There is a large amount of tools and integration techniques that can help you overcome many of the challenges.  

Conclusion

Migrating to a postmodern system implies much more than what is appreciated at first glance. While the technical aspects are truly complex, the postmodern turn also requires cultural and organizational changes. Having the right tools will make the transfer more fluid, but a qualified integration partner that knows the ways of postmodernity can completely eliminate complications. Are you interested in finding out more? Do not hesitate to leave a comment below, we communicated to work in a way in which we can help you to have better results in time that improves security in the entire organization.  

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