In comparison with countries of Western Europe, we still have much to make up for as the Polish participant in the ERP market, but we are making up for the lost decades at a rapid pace. Why do we have so much to make up for? Western companies have already carried out several cycles of implementation of ERP system, during which functioning solutions were gradually replaced with new models.
More and more companies are using ERP
This allows them to look at successive implementations from a slightly different perspective and it is easier for them to translate these solutions into success. We are slowly beginning to notice relationships between employees and business processes; we “sense” them, but are not always able to utilise them. Nevertheless, we can observe the slow beginning of re-implementation in Poland – we choose new suppliers, manufacturers and solutions that we consider to be increasingly valuable, deciding on the latest solutions.
According to the indexes by the Central Statistical Office, integrated IT solutions already function in 80% of large Polish companies, and this is share continuing to grow. We can also observe a similar trend in the EU; according to Eurostat’s data for 2013, ERP class systems were used by 26% of all enterprises, with only 21% using them 3 years earlier. Because of its organisational and financial profits, investment in ERP becomes a natural business decision to which the business market assumes an increasingly mature approach. Prospects look optimistic, too: by 2018, according to Gartner, as many as 20% of large companies will have a real-time insight into financial results thanks to the IMC (in-memory computing) technology via ERP systems.
A new generation of ERP system
Leading manufacturers of these systems continue to offer new modules and versions that can meet the growing expectations of business customers. We can observe the trend of breaking functionalities through the addition of new areas and applications to the existing solution. In addition to this and as well as proposals dedicated to specific industries, technological breakthroughs directly affecting the method of doing business are introduced.
One of these is the latest generation of SAP systems – S/4HANA based on the in-memory database, which operates much quicker and offers new capabilities for immediate analysis. When the SAP HANA platform emerged on the market, it helped banks to reduce some operations from days to a matter of hours, thus stimulating the development of modern banking. Today, thanks to its constant evolution, the entire ERP system based on S/4HANA can be as efficient as some of its elements were in the past.
Maturity of Polish entrepreneurs
The market develops continuously, adapting to the changing business conditions and seeking new fields for informatisation and optimisation. At the same time, it is a stable and prospective sector which confirms that Polish entrepreneurs are mature enough to invest in IT infrastructure and top-level solutions. Polish entrepreneurs have been accustomed to the economical use of their assets and the monitoring of costs for many generations.
ERP systems are becoming increasingly popular among market players, because they plan their successive business steps in the long term in consideration of organisational and technological limitations of development that can be reduced, among others, thanks to systematised management supported by ERP. Changes on the market and signs of growing maturity are clearly visible. Today there is no need to convince entrepreneurs about profits; they realise that, when making a decision on implementation they receive not only the tool itself, but the inherent know-how and certainty of development and its direction.