Now that members of Generation Y and the Millennial Generation have formally joined the ranks of corporate America, the landscape of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software needs to change accordingly. Looking at modern ERP solutions such as Ming.le, we can see the strong inspiration by social media, and this is exactly what the American business sector needs to remain competitive in the 21st century.
The underlying philosophy of Ming.le was explained as early as 2013 by creator Charles Phillips Infor in USA Today. Back then, the ERP software sphere was still dominated by the likes of SAP and Oracle, which Mr. Phillips left in 2010. The Ming.le enterprise solution packs the power of traditional ERP, but its user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) are inspired by the Facebook Timeline and the Twitter Feed.
Catering to the Right Generation
ERP solutions such as Ming.le approach productivity from a generational angle. Whereas Generation X lived and worked under the “here we are now, entertain us” credo, Generation Y was thoroughly entertained by Web 2.0 and cloud computing. The Millennial Generation came of age with Twitter’s old slogan of “what are you doing right now?” These are the philosophies that ERP software developers must keep in mind when designing the UI and UX of their products.
Like Ming.le, Microsoft has also been on the right ERP path with the integration of its familiar Skype and Lync apps into Office 365. These two communication apps have significant social media features that enhance the productivity angle of Office 365, which can be used at home, in school and in the office. Both Ming.le and Office 365 have been optimized for mobile use on smartphones and tablets, which is another generational adjustment.
The core ERP functions of traditional solutions have not gone away; they have been augmented with a fresh UI and UX that allow new workplace functions such as social collaboration, following key people and concepts, and engaging with clients and associates on social networks.
Sharing Information and Adding Context
In the late 20th century, corporate America was on a quest to “add value.” This was a highly individual endeavor, a sort of yardstick to determine whether you measured up to the rigors of business life. Back then, those who did not add value to their firms through their performance would fear becoming a victim of the next round of pink slips. This employment philosophy was not conducive to information sharing; for this reason, many employees kept good ideas secret until they could discuss them privately with supervisors, and thus proving that they were adding value.
These days, adding value has been transformed into adding context, which requires the open sharing of information. This is a generational shift that corporate America is certainly ready to welcome and embrace. This sharing of information needs to be encouraged and organized, and modern ERP solutions such as Ming.le are ready to facilitate this new development in corporate culture.