ERP first developed as a form of inventory control and later grew to link disparate bodies of information together from across the enterprise. Now, ERP enhancements include SCM, CRM, and e-commerce features, just to name a few. However, where is this technology going? What does it mean now?
are also encompassing front-end CRM functionality in their ERP solutions. CRM itself has gone from a vast field of point solutions to suites of customer care applications covering SFA, field service, telesales, call centers, marketing automation, etc. Additionally, e-business is also being factored into the ERP equation, as is real time performance integration. Currently, ERP systems rely relational databases , which are good at retrieving small numbers of records, but do not effectively retrieve large