The State is battling a huge and complex upgrade of its SAP platform. Last month the State Government tabled an audit of the system conducted by KPMG which revealed an enormously complex system which was fragile and difficult to manage.
One of the recommendations of the report was that Queensland Health look at other approaches and systems to tackle the problem. Cordys argues its system could help.
The problem for most enterprise resource planning systems according to Jan Baan who is currently in Australia is that while such systems may be “beautiful for maintenance” revenues, data confined in ERP systems was effectively “stored in cement”.
Mr Baan may have been the brains behind one of the better selling enterprise resource planning systems with his eponymous Baan Systems’ ERP – but today argues that such software is fast generating enterprise “dinosaurs”, which has led him to invest in middleware that links the dinosaurs to the internet.
It takes data which may be held in traditional ERP systems, applies various business rules, then serves up that data to front end users via the internet. The system also features a collaborative workspace that allows enterprises to effectively decouple data from individual application silos, and allow it to be served up wherever it might be most useful.
According to Mr Baan this is important particularly as the gap between business cycles and technology refreshes increases. “ERPs are becoming dinosaurs so we decided to build a layer on top,” he said.
New applications can also be built in this layer, accessing and serving up data wherever it is stored.