Is There a Correlation between the Size of a Company and the Success of the ERP Solution?
I have a mid-sized heavy equipment leasing company. Does the size of my company have an effect on the success of any ERP project we implement?
Michael Krigsman(CEO, Asuret Inc.)
This is an interesting question. In general, I think smaller projects tend to be more successful than larger ones, simply because it is easier to manage all the pieces. However, even large projects can succeed if they are chunked into manageable pieces - in other words, by creating a portfolio of smaller projects rather than a monolithic huge one.
On the other hand, smaller companies sometimes do not have the resources needed to devote sufficiently to the ERP implementation. The ERP implementation requires time and attention from experts across the company. For a smaller organization, this can definitely be a problem.
When selecting a system, be sure to find a product that is designed for companies of your size and industry. Also, stick with the default process configurations rather than trying to customize the system. It will be better for you to evolve processes rather than forcing the software the adapt entirely to you. This is often a point of confusion, but be wary of thinking you can easily force fit the software.
Also, be sure to spend appropriate resources on training and change management. This area is often neglected and it's a mistake.
Good luck in your search!
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I would also suggest looking at Modular ERP systems. They allow you to fine tune what you need and do not need. thus allowing you to streamline your ERP process and make it more intelligent and offer more ROI. SAP I know you can add modules as you grow making the investment far more manageable.