As Microsoft.Net continues its rise as a platform in the enterprise, customers that have adopted applications built on top of this framework are starting to derive some significant benefits.
For example, Syspro Software is rolling out version 6.1 of its namesake ERP software written entirely in Microsoft.Net. With that release comes the usual assortment of new modules, but what's striking about version 6.1 is how tightly coupled all the modules in the suite are under one common user interface. And because they are, Syspro can deliver functionality that allows business processes to be integrated by business analysts, rather than requiring developers to write a lot of code, said Harold Katz, marketing and technology enabling manager.
As ERP suites evolve into business process management (BPM) platforms, applications built on top of modern frameworks such as Microsoft.Net are coming into their own. If a business can more quickly adapt or create a new business process, that represents a significant competitive advantage. Of course, that assumes the business is dynamic enough to need that level of flexibility.
But it's also becoming increasingly clear that older ERP platforms are starting to creak under the weight of their own application code. So it will be interesting to see whether in the next year or so we start to see a major shift in market share as relative ERP upstarts make gains.