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What is ERP?

ERP stands for Enterprise Resource Planning

What is the simplest ERP definition? Think about all the core processes needed to run a company: finance, HR, manufacturing, supply chain, services, procurement, and others. At its most basic level, ERP integrates these processes into a single system. But new ERP systems are anything but basic. They provide visibility, analytics, and efficiency across every aspect of a business. Using the latest technologies, ERP systems facilitate the flow of real-time information across departments, so businesses can make data-driven decisions and manage performance – live.

Why is ERP important?

An ERP system is made up of enterprise resource planning applications that talk to each other and share a database. This means you can eliminate information silos between departments and give everyone a single source of truth. Your system can automate your core business processes and help you ensure regulatory compliance, reduce risk, fast-track reporting – and so much more.

Cloud, on-premise, and hybrid ERP

There are three different types of ERP deployments – cloud, on-premise, and hybrid. Explore the benefits of each, and choose the one that makes the most sense for your business.

Cloud ERP

Simplify your IT landscape – and take advantage of affordable subscription pricing – with cloud-based ERP (SaaS ERP).

On-Premise ERP

Run your enterprise resource management software behind your own firewall – for maximum flexibility and control.

Hybrid ERP

Run some of your ERP applications on premise, and some in the cloud – with hybrid ERP (also known as two-tier ERP).

ERP at any size:

What are my options?

Contrary to what you may have heard, ERP isn’t just for large global enterprises. If your small business or midsize company is drowning in spreadsheets, manual processes, and bad information from disparate solutions, it might be time to move to an ERP system. At SAP, we offer different types of ERP systems – small, medium, and large – as well as industry and company-specific functionality. Whether you operate a small business or a Fortune 500 company, we have ERP software to meet your unique business needs.

Small Business ERP

Do you have 250 employees or fewer? Our small business ERP software can help you graduate beyond spreadsheets and efficiently manage every aspect of your growing company – from sales and customer relationships to financials and operations. Available on premise or in the cloud.

Midsize Business ERP

Ideal for midsized companies and subsidiaries with up to 500 employees, SAP Business ByDesign offers best-in-class cloud ERP.  Leverage built-in analytics, rapid deployment, and best practices for 35 different business processes – financials, HR, procurement, supply chain management, and more.

Enterprise ERP

SAP has led the ERP market for over 20 years with our flagship product, SAP ERP. Now, we’ve introduced SAP S/4HANA. Built on the SAP HANA in-memory platform, SAP S/4HANA is fully configurable and includes real-time ERP, Big Data analytics, and a gateway to the Internet of Things. It’s designed for large enterprises with global or subsidiary operations – and is deployable on premise or in the cloud.

How do I get started with ERP?

Ready for ERP, but not sure where to start? Let our expert ERP consultants help you choose the right system for your business and develop a successful ERP implementation plan. Go live quickly, customise your solutions, achieve seamless ERP integration, speed time to value, and more.

Why SAP for ERP?

SAP offers some of the top ERP systems on the market today. We use the latest technologies – such as in-memory computing, Big Data analytics, enterprise mobility, and the Internet of Things (IoT) – to help our customers run live, digital businesses. With SAP, you can eliminate IT complexity and act on real-time information – no matter your industry or business size.
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