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“Here Comes the Next Gartner ERP Magic Quadrant!” by Debbie Wilson

by Debbie Wilson  |  July 19, 2019  |  Comments Off on “Here Comes the Next Gartner ERP Magic Quadrant!” by Debbie Wilson

Just a few days ago my ERP strategy team celebrated a joyous milestone.  That milestone was kicking off the next edition of the Magic Quadrant for cloud, product-centric ERP suites.  We had a virtual party for the team to mark the occasion!

Why, might you ask, is this such an exciting moment?  Let me share with you my top three reasons.

The first is that Gartner is always excited to produce research that helps clients address a mission-critical priority.  We are hearing more and more from CIOs all over the world that ERP modernization is a key deliverable.   Cloud ERP adoption is accelerating as manufacturers and distributors fight for market share in our digital, AI-enabled world.  We can’t wait to document the state of the market for our prospective ERP buyers. 

Our evolved MQ scope is my second reason for happy anticipation.  Our last Magic Quadrant for ERP was focused on mid-market offerings, because mid-market companies have been leading the way in converting to the cloud.  Frankly, we weren’t comfortable proclaiming that the various cloud ERP solutions we cover are suitable for large organizations.  Most of the reference clients were smaller companies running a single instance ERP or larger companies deploying ERP in a small division or region.

But even as we carried out our research for the 2018 MQ we noticed big companies were finally giving this cloud ERP thing a try.  The trend is accelerating.   More and more large companies are buying – and installing – and we are getting their feedback.  As such, we are thrilled to officially remove the “mid-market” qualifier, still with some caution but not as much.  In some circumstances the cloud is indeed ready for our largest clients.

My last-but-not-least “big” reason for joy is that my talented MQ analyst team – Tim Faith, Mike Guay, Duy Nguyen, Dennis Torii and Paul Schenck – will put another “notch in their belt” of Gartner accomplishments.  We take MQs very seriously, and the MQ team devotes enormous energy to creating a high-quality, unbiased, thorough report.  Creating a magic quadrant is one of the most – if not the most – notable thing a Gartner analyst does in her or his career.

Readers, the process is just starting – and we won’t see the finished product for six months or so.  But I can barely wait!

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Deborah R Wilson
Managing Vice President, ERP Strategy Team
12 years at Gartner
20 years IT industry

Deborah Wilson, a recovering Gartner research analyst, leads the Gartner ERP strategy research team. Read Full Bio




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