For better or worse, most companies have purchased financial software from large-scale enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform suppliers over the last decade. But as companies search for ways to lower costs and respond to a difficult business climate, the merits of implementing large-scale ERP platforms have come under closer scrutiny. This paper will examine an alternative approach that may be more appropriate and strategically sound for many companies: a best-of-class systems strategy.
With that notion in mind, this paper will contemplate the following questions: . Have ERP platforms grown too unwieldy for some organizations? . Does ERP make sense for all types of business, especially in today's fast-changing and frugal business environment? . Are ERP platforms being sold to companies that simply don't need it? . Have technological advances eliminated some of the reasons for ERP platforms in the first place? . Is the drive for competitive differentiation causing companies to develop more of their own operational systems, thereby eliminating the value of ERP? . What does a best-of-class strategy entail, and what are the advantages?