Some call it Digital Transformation or Digital Change, others Industry 4.0 or simply Digitization. There are many terms for this, but they all have one thing in common: we are talking about a revolution in the world of work. This revolution is not only related to the technology we use, but it also affects the abilities and qualities of individuals and their role within a company.

Where to start?

At HSO, winner of the 2020 Microsoft Partner of the Year Award in the category ‘Modernize Finance and Operations’, we see 4 main triggers that are the starting point for a digital transformation and for the implementation of a new set of applications responsible for the core processes of your company, formerly known as ‘ERP’.

Strategy  Transformation  Cloud  Delivery

4 triggers that enhance ERP Modernization

ERP Modernization - Strategy

Strategic driver for ERP transformation

The transformation of products to services, changing customer’s expectations, international growth or new supply chain models can all be strategic drivers for an ERP modernization.

When developing a new IT landscape, including new applications for your core finance & operations processes (ERP), we put your strategy first. What technology truly supports your business objectives?

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Transformation accelerators

We see often that innovation in companies is held back because of heavy and unresponsive core applications. What if you could assess intelligent insights at any time, through DIY dashboards? Implement IoT-driven processes and automate as many repetitive processes as possible via low code technology? Not to mention, the need for speed driven by new laws and regulations? These are technology trends that are here to stay.

The availability of radical new technology and the need for modern and lean processes are ‘transformation accelerators.’ To implement these, you need ‘light’ and flexible ERP applications.

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Cloud-based IT landscape

To stay relevant and to stand out from your competitors you need flexibility and the ability to innovate and constantly adapt to new circumstances. A cloud-based IT landscape, based on a modern architecture, is where you should start.

The need for a future-proof architecture can trigger your journey to the cloud, but also integration and connectivity demands or the need for an accessible and safe data infrastructure. Companies want a positive and quick Return on Investment of their IT efforts, and cloud applications offer added value from start.

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Delivery methodology (DevOps)

Where in the past you implemented a new ERP system every 7 – 10 years, today your applications will be developing constantly. In the cloud, new functionality, updates, and better security are being released constantly.

By implementing Change & Adoption strategies and an agile delivery methodology we assure that investments pay off, since true value starts when software is being used as it should. DevOps teams that operate in a lean and agile way, make sure that issue management and enhancement of systems go hand in hand. That is what we call modern delivery.

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In the process of this transformation, we see that companies need a game plan: a digital strategy, roadmap, or agenda, in which strategic objectives, new business models, technical innovation and digital processes come together, plus an approach for setting up a new cloud-based architecture and establish an agile delivery culture.

Kick start your transformation

There is one matter that digitization has not changed yet: ERP systems, they still form the backbone of the company. They determine the company’s ability to act and develop and thus pave the way for a successful future. Our ERP systems help companies grow by managing the processes that are relevant to day-to-day business. What is new is that with digitalization, business strategy also becomes an IT strategy. Therefore, companies are currently faced with one question: Is my current ERP solution able to support business development in the future?

In this series of e-books, we explore these four cornerstones of a digital game plan. Where your ‘ERP’ will still be the backbone of your IT-landscape:

  • embedded in a future proof architecture;
  • meeting your strategic objectives;
  • considering the highest security and compliancy levels;
  • being improved and developed continuously.

Modern ERP solutions offer flexibility and functionality. Together with the possibilities of cloud technologies, they are now redefining the playing field. Starting your ERP modernization can truly kick start a transformation, combining new triggers and a long-held wish list from the business. No matter where your transformation starts, HSO has the experience, expertise, and scale to support your journey.

Choose the cornerstones for your digital game plan

Do you have any questions about our e-books, or would you like to know more about ERP transformation? Feel free to contact our advisor Andrea Jack by emailing to ajack@hso.com or call +1 847 348-0588

2020 ERP Partner Of The Year Award