Postmodernism is "typically defined by an attitude of skepticism or distrust toward grand narratives, ideologies, and various tenets of Enlightenment rationality…" And if you, like me, consider a monolithic, on premises ERP suite analogous to a "grand narrative or ideology," it’s a compelling concept.
Gartner analyst Christian Hestermann has not only coined the term, but also makes a very persuasive case that the challenge of integrating the cloud-based components of postmodern ERP
is the price organizations pay for the added flexibility and agility these systems provide. As noted in its report, Adopt a Strategic Approach to Application Integration for Postmodern ERP and Business Applications, “Postmodern ERP and business applications promise flexibility and agility, but there's no "free lunch." Increased agility resulting from deconstructing a monolithic ERP suite means IT leaders must ensure that data and process integrity is maintained across multiple applications and deployment modes”.
While complexities and pitfalls certainly exist when integrating applications, data and processes across disparate systems, this complimentary 15-page report outlines a very clear path to getting postmodern ERP right.
We recommend that anyone attempting to tackle the challenges of postmodern ERP—or any postmodern business application for that matter—give this complimentary article a serious read to determine whether iPaaS application integration may be right for your business.