While Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is more than 10 years old, the technology has not captured a level of market success commensurate with its mindshare – and has indeed lagged either SaaS or IaaS in terms of market presence. Yet in spite of its slow market growth, PaaS technology has continued to diversify and evolve to support the intensifying developer need for agility and productivity, especially as developers have assumed a front seat at the enterprise digital transformation table.

Today, enterprises are outsourcing their logistics business process services primarily to lower operating costs and transportation costs, which is not an atypical benefit sought after when outsourcing any business function. Beyond the main driver of cost savings, enterprises are challenged to manage customer expectations by improving product delivery and order visibility, managing risk and compliance, and continuously meeting SLA’s.

For the past 30+ years organizations have purchased technology platforms and deployed them on-premises. Most of these legacy systems create a technical debt that organizations find is a nightmare to manage. Customizations, maintenance, hardware and even version control have put the organization at an operational disadvantage.

There is an often-quoted economic theory that describes the balance that occurs when competitors in a market of a fixed size win or lose share depending on the success or failure of the other. The “zero sum game” (as it is known) has been cited so often since the financial crisis of the late 2000’s slowed global growth, that its continued use is becoming something of a cliché.

Are you ready to compete in the digital economy? Has your organization strategized and actively pursuing DX technology initiatives? Or is your organization just starting to figure out what it means to be digitally transformed? If you are just starting, you better quicken your pace, because IDC believes by 2020, 60% of all enterprises will have fully articulated an organization-wide digital platform strategy and will be in the process of implementing it.

Data management is a major concern for enterprise organizations, and for good reason. IDC forecasts that by 2025, the global datasphere will grow to 163 zetabytes (ZB). Access to all this data will unlock unique user experiences and a new world of business opportunities for organizations. Data is becoming increasingly diverse, dynamic, and distributed across on-/off-premises, including public cloud. Hybrid cloud environments combine these platforms to increase the benefits of data collection and use, but they come with their own set of challenges. These hurdles prevent organizations from efficiently managing and deriving maximum value from all their data.

IDC’s research shows that today’s systems of record are being replaced by new systems of intelligence, which layer in new autonomic and predictive intelligence assets. This revolution, fueled by Digital Transformation, is highly visible in the ERP application suite.

IDC calls this enhanced ERP portfolio “intelligent ERP” (i-ERP) and “intelligent applications” (i-Apps). These products are starting to run businesses in an increasingly digital world.