Forget ERP! It is time for ARP…


An evolving world that is where we live in. For many years we have seen a movement of the economy around the globe. Factories are moving away from high cost areas and countries towards low cost countries. Even those low cost countries are getting more wealthy and move those jobs to even lower cost countries. They keep the economy growing in the first world companies and because of that we see a fast number of services companies getting there existence. In the early days this meant that companies needed to invest in ERP. However with all these services companies around this is no longer ERP but SRP. But is SRP challenging enough?


The term ERP was introduced by the Gartner Group first used the acronym ERP in the 1990s, where it was seen to extend the capabilities of material requirements planning (MRP), and the later manufacturing resource planning as well as computer-integrated manufacturing.Without replacing these terms, ERP came to represent a larger whole that reflected the evolution of application integration beyond manufacturing.(source:Wikipedia)


When you read the article you can guess what comes next. Indeed, ERP replaced by SRP (Services Resource Planning). In today’s world the need for optimal usage of peoples skills is no longer a luxury. It is a need for companies to deliver solid results and great performances towards customers. Efficiency is a challenge for most companies on day to day bases. Allocating your companies resources in the most efficient way will define your success. Human Capital Management is more important than ever before and combining this with optimal resource allocation is a tough job. We are still talking about humans.


Automation is no longer a scary thing. It is necessary to survive in a competitive world. The largest companies on this globe are created with the value of automation and this is only the beginning. Software companies are challenging old business models by using automation to make our lives easier and more efficient. After ERP and SRP I think that the next step will be ARP (Automation Resource Planning). How to create the most flexible, efficient and cost effective automation landscape possible in order to grow and support your company. Making sure that every part fueled by artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics is creating the ultimate performance. Only companies that can translate their business model into an optimal ARP landscape will be futureproof.

I am more than curious to hear your opinion about this topic. Feel free to comment or contact me in order to discuss this topic. This article is written as a personal opinion.