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Reports of ERP's Death Greatly Exaggerated

FUDBust: The ERP market, which has consolidated around SAP, Oracle, Microsoft and several other niche vendors, is maturing, not dying. Of the 271 customers AMR surveyed, 71 percent said they expect to spend more on ERP over the next 12 months, with an average increase of 14.6 percent. Only 15 percent of employees at those companies now are licensed for ERP, so even if they have licenses to spare, they'll still need to spend dollars on tools and services to roll them out. "Even with all the ERP buying in the past decade, most companies have a long way to go before they are fully deployed," AMR analyst Jim Shepherd said in his report.