Mobile, social and cloud technologies have had a significant influence on the global IT industry in recent years, as more companies have looked to integrate these solutions into their operations. In 2014, these tools may also have a major impact on the development and use on certain software such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.

A recent Enterprise Apps Today report indicated that enterprise mobility is becoming a mainstay throughout the corporate landscape, especially in terms of ERP usage. Eric Kimberling, managing partner at Panorama Consulting Solutions, said that the modern workforce uses phones and tablets as often or even more so than desktops and laptops to access ERP software.

"Vendors are finally beginning to provide compelling and secure ways for employees to accomplish this, so look for increased adoption of mobile solutions," Kimberling said, according to the news source.

The report noted that social media has been a point of contention throughout the ERP market, primarily because some are not sure how much value can be added to ERP software with social integration. Zach Nelson, CEO of NetSuite, asserted that 2014 will be a make-or-break year for social-based ERP.

Cloud computing appears to have much more staying power throughout the ERP landscape than social media. Nelson explained that the popularity of the cloud will make it necessary for clients to research potential services providers before their actual ERP implementation.

"As enterprises and companies that have not traditionally been cloud ERP customers turn to the cloud, competition in the market will increase," said Nelson, Enterprise Apps Today reported. "This will require cloud ERP buyers to carefully evaluate vendors across increasingly specific industry benchmarks and standards."

Decision-makers focusing on innovative IT
Sierra Ventures polled Fortune 500 CIOs and CTOs in 2013 and found that mobile, social and cloud computing technologies are all top priorities for these decision-makers. Overall, 32 percent of respondents said big data and mobile devices are the top IT innovations influencing their organizations, while nearly a quarter said the same regarding cloud computing and 12 percent said social media.

Since these tools appear to be so critical to companies' overall decision-making process, it would be wise for executives looking at new ERP software to select solutions that support these functions. Otherwise, the competition will have a major advantage over businesses that wait too long to leverage these capabilities.