Looking to the future of enterprise software
What does the future hold for enterprise software for businesses? What technologies will drive innovations in this field? And how will they help the businesses of the future?
The way we do business has changed. It’s become much more mobile. We answer emails on our way to work and video conference business partners in another time zone after we’ve put the kids to bed.
The speed with which business is conducted has also changed in step with these trends. There is rarely time these days for sit-down board meetings.
Enterprise software—that is, software designed with the goals of the company or organization in mind, rather than the individuals—has had to adapt to fit this changing market. Employees often choose the kind of tools they use, especially when working outside of the office, and executive boards and CEOs are being forced to adapt. Software is now much more user-driven in its design. It has to be sleeker, faster, and more fun to use.
Business-oriented social media
Gone are the days when all our files had to be carried to and from work in a large suitcase. Increasingly, we are carrying our business computers to work with us, as stationary PCs become rapidly replaced by iPads, iPhones, and Android devices. Good mobile applications are a must.
Yammer is a bit like Twitter, but with a corporate angle. A business-oriented social media and communication tool, Yammer’s new Enterprise Edition could change the way colleagues chat with each other.
Dropbox is another popular tool. The online file-syncing software has now brought out Dropbox for Teams, Dropbox’s business model.
Infor’s innovative outlook
One man at the forefront of innovations in enterprise software is Infor CEO Charles Phillips, who has even been described as the “Steve Jobs of business software.”
Infor produces enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and is now the third-largest provider of ERP applications. The company has become successful for specialization, making specific programs for all the different sectors, from finance to health care. There are even programs for bakers and brewers. Philips joined the company as CEO in 2010 from Oracle, transforming traditional planning software, with its boring and ugly spreadsheets, to something attractive and artistic—hiring a creative agency to redesign the icons, for example.
As the millennial generation begins to work its way up the corporate ladder, competing with an aging working population, software providers need to listen to the changing needs of their users. Traditional vendors will be forced to adapt to suit a generation used to being able to connect quickly and anywhere. The ones that don’t adapt will become obsolete.