If you recognised the quote, then you’re clearly as much of a fan as we are of the classic 80s sci-fi comedy classic: Back to the Future. We couldn’t let an entire day devoted to the celebration of this timeless trilogy go by without donning our body warmer and firing up the flux capacitor before we’re outatime!
Today, 21st October 2015 is ‘Back to the Future’ day.
At 4:29 this afternoon Marty McFly and Dr Emmett Brown will come down from the sky in their flying DeLorean time machine from the year 1985 to get a glimpse of what the future has in store.
The 2015 that Back to the Future Part 2 envisioned didn’t entirely come to pass, but it got us thinking at ERP Central about how business technology has evolved over the last 30 years and what we might expect in the next 30 years.
Unfortunately, we don’t have a flying DeLorean, but let’s imagine that we do and buckle up for a trip back to the ‘80s!
Back then, ERP was heavy!
During the ‘80s ERP was better known as MRP; Materials Resource Planning then Manufacturing Resource planning later in the decade. The power to drive them would have been the equivalent of enough plutonium to generate 1.21 gigawatts and reach 88 miles per hour. Or something close to that anyway.
Read my fax! The future is here.
Over the decades ERP has evolved. While there are still businesses out there that prefer their information to be delivered to them by ‘roads’ (ethernet), where we’re going, when it comes to business technology, we don’t need roads! Or a fax machine in every room either. In fact, we won’t need a flying car or hoverboard.
With the advancements of Cloud technology you’re now able to run your business from wherever you are in the world. And you don’t even have to ramp up your amp to 11 for more output.
It’s our density. I mean, our destiny.
But where will we be in 2045 when it comes to ERP?
In Back to the Future Part 2 we saw a number of predictions;
The release of Jaws 19. Will we see the release of Windows 40?
There were voice automated controls in the home. Perhaps we’ll be able to update our records in ERP by speaking them rather than typing them.
Head mounted displays were worn in the movie. Virtual reality headsets are now available, so who’s to say that we won’t be able to access our ERP using those? Maybe you’ll be able to update and manipulate data in a 3D virtual space?
It’s time to make like a tree, and get out of here
It won’t be long before some of the things that you rely on to do business today will be obsolete. It may be that you will be able to run every aspect of your business through your ERP. Who knows, in 30 years from now ERP itself may be obsolete and a new wave of technology could be just around the corner.
Back to the Future got a few things right about 2015 (and a few things not-so right). Who knows, some of our predictions may come true.
Doc Brown, if you read this can you let us know?
In the meantime, we certainly think that Microsoft Dynamics NAV has a future, so give us a call if you need a new system and we can help you start to build a better, brighter, more efficient future for your business.
Article written by Mark Blackmore, Head of Telebusiness at QBSgroup
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