As the pace of innovation accelerates, customer needs change and industries converge, many companies are finding it challenging for their information technology to support the rapidly changing needs of the business. Unfortunately, many organizations are faced with managing highly complex and inflexible legacy IT systems as a result of mergers, restructuring, tactical investment decisions, and changing business priorities. This complexity creates pressure on IT to lower cost through simplification and automation. At the same time, as businesses emerge from a period of focusing mainly on cost management to focusing much more on growth, the requirements of IT to support growth and innovation are substantially different. For these and many other reasons, pressure is mounting for IT to find ways to support modern business innovation and agility.
Is this a strategic dilemma your company faces? If so, you may find this paper, written by Accenture and NetSuite, helpful as it explores characteristics of the modern company that IT must support, scenarios in which two-tier ERP may be a good fit and the benefits companies can anticipate from a two-tier ERP strategy.