What You Need to Know to Get ERP Jobs

By Robert Half on January 26, 2015 at 3:00pm

Companies are hiring ERP experts to fill ERP jobs and help them get the most from the latest ERP solutions — or update legacy systems — so they deliver seamless information flow, data accuracy and a user-friendly experience.

Whether you’re an ERP business analyst, an ERP technical/functional analyst, or an ERP technical developer, you’re already in demand in today’s job market. But there are a number of business and technology trends around ERP, as well as changing user expectations, that you’ll want to stay attuned to so that you remain marketable. Here are a few to watch:

Demand for anywhere, anytime access

Third-platform technologies like cloud computing and virtualization and mobility trends like BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) offer users on-demand access to the programs and information they need for work. Not surprisingly, many users want to (and expect to) have this type of access to ERP systems — especially personnel who work remotely or in the field.

Many ERP teams are being tasked with assessing and implementing ERP solutions that can be accessed securely from any location. New advances in data compression, business analytics, location analytics and distributed computing are also creating higher user expectations for ERP functionality. With real-time data processing and internal and external data feed analysis, companies can gather the information they need from ERP systems, when they need it, to make more informed business decisions.

Many companies are also embracing ERP social collaboration tools, so employees not only can locate the right data, but also the appropriate contacts in the organization to share information with or tap for expertise.

The need for specialists

As technology innovations continue to transform the way ERP systems are designed and used, highly skilled professionals with the right mix of technical and soft skills will be needed for ERP jobs. Their ERP know-how will be essential to helping businesses evolve their current ERP technology, or select and implement a new system that will enable them to achieve strategic goals.

With the right software and tools in place, companies can consolidate and make sense of valuable data that would otherwise be left idle, and use those insights to increase efficiency, improve service and customer care, and more.

Check out these 10 questions to ask ERP systems experts.

Moving forward

Thanks to a recent wave of innovation, ERP solutions are helping businesses accomplish more than ever before. Meanwhile, ERP jobs are evolving, too. Look for growth in ERP jobs that focus on supply chain management, customer relationship management, or financial, distribution and project management.

And because ERP systems are frequently targeted by hackers, and prone to intentional misuse by insiders, understanding the threats to and vulnerabilities in these systems, and how to mitigate them, will be a valuable skill set for any ERP professional.

This post has been updated to reflect more current information.

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