Myths of ERP in the small and mid-size enterprise space

January 24 2019

In my personal experience over the years, whenever I deal with business owners, directors, and CTOs at technology conferences I am reminded that many still hold inaccurate beliefs about ERP. In this article, I will demystify a few key points about ERP systems that continue to skew the perception of some stakeholders in small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs).

ERP is expensive

The primary concern for any company prior to implementing ERP is its cost. But contrary to the belief that all ERPs are expensive, there are plenty of solutions available in the market that are quite affordable. Low-cost ERP systems can have the same impact for a firm as their higher cost competitors. Many enterprises fail to realize that choosing the right ERP partner is as important as selecting the ERP itself. Small-to-mid-sized businesses can expect the cost of software and services combined to range anywhere from $75,000 to $750,000. If you are using a third party software, then typically the standard license renewal fees for an ERP is 10% to 15% of the software costs. For small business, up to 75 employees, the prices of these tools may range from $10,000 to $100,000.

There are thousands of ERP software partners who offer a broad range of packages designed to meet different needs. 

Several factors listed below contribute to the cost of an ERP:

  1. ERP development cost
  2. ERP implementation or customization cost
  3. Cost of licensing
  4. Annual maintenance cost

The above costs can be drastically reduced by choosing a partner geared toward your business needs. Further, options like subscription-based platforms don't require you to face a huge upfront cost offering a huge advantage today as compared to the costs five or 10 years ago.

ERP is for big businesses

Although ERP systems are typically well known in the enterprise domain, there are a plethora of SMEs across the globe leveraging ERP system.  It was the case in the past that ERP systems were more applicable to larger firms, but similarities in the nature and scalability of operations has changed that paradigm.

About Sairaj Kalekar

Sairaj Kalekar is a Marketing Lead who has a core interest in Software Industry. He has spent more than 5 years in marketing of software enterprises. He thinks and believes firmly that right consultation leads to the right digital transformation of any industry. Sairaj leads the marketing department in CloudFronts Technologies and is also an avid reader of current affairs and software industry landscape.

CloudFronts is a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner which offers complete Dynamics 365 (CRM, Operations and Financials) implementations, Power BI Analytics, Office 365 and Azure Infrastructure services. The team has deep expertise in delivering and supporting the customers through all aspects of their implementation from strategic technology consulting and roadmap, requirements assessments, project implementation, training, migration to post go live managed services and support. CloudFronts’ commenced its operations in the year 2012 to empower organizations around the world, do more with technology.

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