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Understanding ERP Deployment Choices

  • 16 October 2014
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Abstract

The rapid evolution of global business has changed the way companies are approaching the deployment of ERP. Today’s need for agility and responsiveness has increased the demand for deployment choices; the constraints of early ERP systems—monolithic, highly customized, and expensive to implement and maintain—have become increasingly pronounced in markets where change is accelerating, and the ability to respond nimbly and effectively to change is a strategic imperative.

ERP systems were once deployed as monolithic systems running in local data centers. Implementing ERP was a landmark event: rare, disruptive, and often feared as an unavoidable hassle. In the current business environment, such a jolting and inflexible event is unwarranted. Today, there are a multitude of ERP deployment strategies: single-system, cloud-based, operational, peer, hybrid, and multi-level approaches. Advances in ERP system design, the advent of cloud computing, and the ongoing evolution of business are among the key factors driving this proliferation of choices.

Companies now need to evolve quickly, which means being able to move some or all business operations to an existing or new ERP instance quickly and inexpensively, anywhere in the world. Small companies are increasingly likely to become multi-national as emerging markets take on larger roles in revenue growth. Larger companies continue to optimize and innovate through organic development, as well as through mergers and acquisitions.

In this increasingly competitive environment, the ERP deployment choice is a significant advantage for companies seeking an agile response to constantly changing and often-volatile market conditions. In particular, cloud-based ERP systems are increasingly seen as an effective means for companies to economically deploy new ERP or expand IT operations as their commercial reach broadens globally.

Cre8tive Technology & Design will be posting a 4-part series on Understanding ERP Deployment Choices from and Epicor White Paper

Part 1                  ERP Deployment Choice

Part 2                  Cloud ERP

Part 3                  Cloud ERP Customization Features

Part 4                  Conclusion: The Advantages of Flexible Deployment

 

About Epicor

Epicor Software Corporation is a global leader delivering business software solutions to the manufacturing, distribution, retail, and service industries. With more than 40 years of experience, Epicor has more than 20,000 customers in over 150 countries. Epicor solutions enable companies to drive increased efficiency and improve profitability. With a history of innovation, industry expertise and passion for excellence, Epicor inspires customers to build lasting competitive advantage. Epicor provides the single point of accountability that local, regional, and global businesses demand. For more information, visit www.epicor.com.

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