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Predictions Foretell Increased Demand And Higher Salaries For ERP Professionals

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Over the past decade, Enterprise Resource Planning systems (ERP) have become one of the most important developments in the corporate use of information technology. It is also one of the fastest growing areas in business market. New innovations, improved technology and the latest company requirements, have fueled the need for ERP workers, who are proficient in the technical, functional and administrative areas.

John Reed, executive director of Robert Half Technology, "The demand for professionals who can help companies take advantage of new technologies, such as mobile media or popular collaboration tools, is outpacing the supply in some cases, this has resulted in higher starting salaries within certain specialty areas."

Michael Kirven, Co-Founder, Bluewolf, who has predicted a huge rise in demand for ERP professionals and their salaries, said, “These innovations have not only changed the enterprise but also the makeup of its workforce, igniting staffing budgets and the job market for IT pros.”

What then are the forces that are accelerating its growth and providing good cheer and buoyancy to those desirous of entering it.

Newer and better technologies will increase online collaboration in business. This will drive the need for software developers, especially those with the experience and knowledge of online collaboration software.

ERP Systems are now providing increasing amounts of access to data, making the security risks greater than ever. Protection of data and its security will be a top priority for all companies. Data security analysts will be in huge demand and can expect a substantial increase in their salaries from 2011.

The industry is constantly evolving. With mergers and acquisitions, and smaller players exiting the boundaries are narrowing. ERP vendors who were on the fringe of entering the big league continue to grow and may soon pose a competitive edge to the biggies, like Oracle, MicrosoftDynamics and SAP.

Many companies, prompted by smaller budgets and a mentality that failed to understand the complexity of the system, saw many ERP failures. Companies have realized that it is better and more fruitful to invest in qualified and better ERP talent, to structure a working and secure ERP program.

Electronic payments will become the norm, be it making payments or taking payments. ERP will ensure that the era of entering financial transactions manually will be practically over.

ERP implementation costs are expected to escalate substantially, by as much as a 20 to 40 percent. Moreover, system integrators will find it hard to find people for their projects.

ERP Cloud Computing applications have been gaining tremendous popularity amongst the companies and this trend is expected to continue in 2012. Deployment of cloud technologies is expected to save the companies billions of dollars and if they pump this back into new business ventures, then it will create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.

According to a SAP-sponsored study, conducted by the Sand Hill Group, “The clouds will rain revenue and jobs over the next five years.” They predict that the cloud “will generate $20 billion in revenue per year and create over half a million jobs during this time period.”

There is little doubt, that good ERP talent will not be easy to find. The increase in demand for people with specific skills and not enough candidates to go around, will create an employee driven landscape. Companies desirous of implementing new ERP technologies and upgrading existing systems will increase their hiring activity, thereby driving the job market upwards to higher salaries, more employee friendly and making it candidate driven.
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