Making ERP Better with Big Data

(Wright Studio/Shutterstock) At first glance, enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and big data analytics don’t appear to have much in common. But it turns out that big old ERP systems have a thing or two to learn from their newer, nimbler brethren. One of the ERP companies exploring how to incorporate big data analytics into ERP software is Infor, which is the world’s third or fourth largest ERP vendor, behind the likes of Oracle, SAP, and (sometimes) Sage. Two years ago, Infor co-president Duncan Angove set up the Dynamic Science Labs (DSL) with the goal of using data science techniques to solve a certain class of business problems for its customers. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based organization employs about 20 data scientists and data analysts who use their math and coding skills…


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