Special Report: The second coming of ERP

If your view of ERP - enterprise resource planning - is that it's an unwieldy, expensive and rigid way of burning corporate cash,...

If your view of ERP - enterprise resource planning - is that it's an unwieldy, expensive and rigid way of burning corporate cash, think again.

Now "small is beautiful" is the order of the day, with vendors aiming cut-down ERP systems at specific industries or particular business processes.

The demand for a more flexible approach for ERP came from SMEs but even the multinationals are catching on, implementing as many as 60 different ERP versions throughout the company to meet specific business needs.

So what are the practical implications of this more diverse approach? What are the pitfalls to avoid, and the criteria to set for implementing new ERP systems? The articles below will help you make the right decisions.

ERP cut down to size
The business world is less predictable today than ten years ago, so to keep up with rapidly changing customer demands, companies need ERP approaches that are flexible. And to make this work, the IT department must be fully aware of real business needs.
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Five common ERP implementation errors
Leading experts give practical advice on making sure your ERP investment
pays off. Anticipating problems and applying resources effectively are among the key factors for success.
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The point of no return for ERP
With user expectations becoming increasingly rigorous, return on investment is proving to be the critical factor in whether companies plump for an ERP system.
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ERP in action: Glass act
Glass giant Pilkington expects to achieve return on investment of £21m in just three years from its SAP systems. So what's the secret?
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