According to a recent IBRS study, spend on enterprise solutions is set to increase. Both IT and line of business buyers need to consider how they manage procurement of these new solutions - and how they can make integration easy for their business.
According to the report, there are three degrees of integration an organisation can opt for: the pre-integrated enterprise, the core services and satellite apps enterprise and the business service mesh.
Understanding the kind of company you want to be is important, says Zack Hassan, Business Development Manager at TechnologyOne, as that will help inform the decision about what business application environment fits your needs.
“Do you want to be in the business of IT, or focus on delivering your core business?” asks Hassan.
“This is important because if an organisation does not, or cannot, build a large, highly-skilled IT group, then they need to choose an application environment that can be easily supported - something like Software as a Service where the vendor manages the delivery and upkeep of the applications,” she says.
It is also important to determine if the business needs niche, best-of-breed applications to deliver core business processes, or if it is able to align with off-the-shelf enterprise software, Hassan adds.
“An enterprise software strategy will provide a simplified application architecture with minimal integration, which not only makes implementations quicker, but also ensures the latest enhancements are easy to adopt.”