ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) is a software that provides a suite of applications to manage the core processes of a business. These processes include finance and accounting, human resources, supply chain, procurement, manufacturing, and customer relationship management. ERP systems are designed to automate and integrate core business processes, providing all information at a single source for easy decision-making.
ERP systems come in different types, and they can be classified based on an organization’s needs, budget, and preferences.
Types of ERP Systems
This type of ERP system is installed on the organization’s in-house servers and hardware. It is maintained and handled by the organization’s IT department. Although it provides greater control over the system, the cost of implementation, hardware, and maintenance is usually high.
The software is hosted on a cloud server, and organizations access it via the Internet. They only pay for the software features and modules they need, and the providers generally take care of the hosting, maintenance, and updates. Cloud-based ERP is more affordable than on-premise ERP and is gaining popularity due to the low initial investment and the ability to access data in real-time, from anywhere in the world.
This type of ERP system is a mix of on-premise and cloud-based ERP. The organization can use on-premise implementation to handle sensitive data within the organization, while it puts less sensitive modules on the cloud.
An open-source ERP system is a software that is available for anyone to use, customize and distribute. In Open-source ERP, an organization can modify the code to suit its specific business needs. It’s free and provides greater flexibility, but the downside is that the organization must be equipped with IT expertise to handle the system.
Future Trends of ERP
1. AI and Machine Learning
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are revolutionizing ERP systems by enabling predictive analytics, machine-to-machine communication, and automated decision-making.
AI and ML algorithms can analyze large datasets and provide insights into areas such as demand forecasting, supply chain optimization, and predictive maintenance.
By automating routine tasks and decision-making processes, businesses can reduce costs, improve accuracy, and free up their employees to focus on more strategic tasks.
2. Integration with IoT
ERP systems are also integrating with the Internet of Things (IoT) to create smarter supply chains and manufacturing processes.
IoT devices such as sensors, beacons, and RFID tags can collect data in real time, enabling businesses to track inventory levels, monitor production processes, and optimize delivery routes.
By integrating ERP with IoT, businesses can create a truly connected and intelligent supply chain that can predict and respond to changing market conditions.
3. Cloud Deployment
With cloud computing gaining momentum, businesses are shifting towards cloud-based ERP solutions to reduce infrastructure costs, improve scalability, and facilitate remote accessibility.
Cloud deployment allows businesses to access ERP systems from anywhere and at any time, enabling employees to work remotely and collaborate more effectively.
It also provides better security measures than on-premise solutions since data is stored on cloud servers and is protected by multiple layers of security protocols.
With the increasing use of smartphones and tablets, employees are no longer tied to their desks and can use their mobile devices to access ERP systems.
Mobile ERP solutions offer real-time access to data, allowing employees to stay informed of critical business processes such as inventory, sales, production, and delivery status.
Mobile ERP solutions also provide push notifications and alerts, enabling employees to take immediate action on any issues or opportunities.
Customers are increasingly demanding personalized experiences, and businesses are responding by customizing their products and services to meet these demands.
ERP systems are also becoming more customizable, allowing businesses to tailor their solutions to their specific needs. Customization can include adding new modules, integrating with third-party applications, and configuring workflows to suit specific business processes.
Customization enables businesses to differentiate themselves from their competitors and provide unique value to their customers.
From the above discussion, it is clear that there are multiple trends that are coming onto the surface such as cloud deployment, mobility, AI and ML, integration with IoT, and customization are all major trends that are shaping the future of ERP systems. By adopting these trends, businesses can gain a competitive edge, optimize their operations, and provide exceptional customer experiences.
Test automation is imperative for the fast-paced agile projects of today. Testers need to continuously plan, design and execute automated tests to ensure the quality of the software. But the most important task is to decide what to automate first.
In my article published on the TestRail Quality Hub, I have compiled & shared a list of questions to help you prioritise what you should automate next and guide your test automation strategy.
Here is a checklist of questions to ask yourself as you decide on automating a Test Case–
Is the test going to be repeated?
Is it a high-priority feature?
Do you need to run the test with multiple datasets or paths?
Is it a Regression or Smoke Test?
Does this automation lie within the feasibility of your chosen test automation tool?
Is the area of your app that this is testing prone to change?
Is it a Random Negative Test?
Can these tests be executed in parallel, or only in sequential order?
Scrum teams get together to decide on the work items for their next sprint in the sprint planning meeting. But is that the beginning of the conversation for the upcoming sprint, or are there some things that should be done before that?
The first and most important consideration is to have a live product backlog that is up to date and prioritized with changing business needs. The product owner must have a constant eye on adding, removing, editing and updating items in the product backlog. When the time approaches to get into planning the next sprint, the product manager must bring to the table a list of the highest-value items that the team can pick from.
The product owner must spend time researching each of the features and trying to lay out in simple terms the actual need they each describe. They may use bulleted points or simple sentences to explain the feature in some detail. We see this happening mostly during or after the sprint planning meeting, but if any requirements are known before the meeting, the product owner can get a head start.
I was invited to speak at the DevOps and Agile testing Summit organised and conducted by 1.21GWs on 8th Nov 2019 at Bangalore. It was a great event which brought together many keen minds as delegates and many inspiring speakers. https://1point21gws.com/devops/bangalore/
My talk was on “The Building Blocks of a Robust Test Automation Strategy”. As we know testing teams are faced with a number of questions, decisions and challenges throughout their test automation journey. But there is no single solution for their varied problems! In this talk I outlined a number of strategies that agile teams can follow– be it their selection of what to automate and how much, what approaches to follow, whom to involve, and when to schedule these tasks so that the releases are of best quality.
I am grateful that my talk was so well received and led to great discussions later with many participants. I enjoyed the day and am always glad to be invited by the 1.21GWs team.
@Sahi Pro was also a knowledge partner at the event and delegates also got a peek into Sahi Pro via video and brochure handouts.
On top of that I get to present not one but 2 talks!! My topics are
“The What, When & How of Test Automation” 45 mins
In this I will talk about preparing robust automation strategies. Agile means pace and agile means change. With frequent time boxed releases and flexible requirements, test automation faces numerous challenges. Haven’t we all asked what to automate and how to go about the daily tasks with the automation cloud looming over our heads. Here we’ll discuss answers to some of these questions and try to outline a number of approaches that agile teams can take in their selection of what to automate, how to go about their automation and whom to involve, and when to schedule these tasks so that the releases are debt free and of best quality.
“Gamify your Agile workplace” 15 mins
In this I’ll present live some innovation games and have audience volunteers engage and play games based on known scenarios. Let’s Play and learn some useful Innovation Games that can help you gamify your agile team and workplace, making the team meetings shorter and communication more fun!
Both these topics are close to my heart and I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts with a wider audience.
I am also excited to meet all the awesome speakers at the event , as well as get to know the fantastic team of organizers behind this event!
Mind maps are a creative way of gathering ideas around a central theme and categorizing them in concrete branches. Mind maps can be useful for both personal and professional life as an organization and visualization technique. They’re descriptive, easy and even fun.
In my latest post for Gurock blog, I showcase the usage of mind maps as a technique for test planning and test design. This tool’s capabilities make your documentation leaner and ideas more visual, which benefits the whole agile team. https://blog.gurock.com/agile-mind-map/
Be it test planning in an agile team which needs entire team’s insights and collaboration, or categorization of product features, test areas and backlog, Mindmaps can be used for all aspects and phases of the project.
Testers can generate their test ideas and have them categorized in a mind map around the central theme of the feature. The visual nature of a mind map helps them find more scenarios, see which parts are more heavily tested, and focus on main areas or branches. Once done, they can have other stakeholders take a look at it and get their opinions. This fosters brainstorming together and gathers the maximum number of ideas from the entire team.
Find useful tips to create your own mindmaps, as well as some samples for your reference in agile test designing as well as test planning. Read the complete article here -> https://blog.gurock.com/agile-mind-map/