Due to constantly increasing competition, transparency and efficiency becore more and more important also in middle-sized companies. Many of these companies tackle this challenge by implementing new ERP solutions - and they demand comprehensive IT support for their processes. The ERP solutions should be flexible and feasible and, at the time time, should support the most important company departments, e.g. financing and controlling, sales, order processing, warehouse resp. materials management and production. Asked for their experience with ERP solutions, companies often criticise the ERP solutions' "complexity", "low flexibility", "costly data maintenance", "unsatisfactory user guidance" and "expensive operation".
Against this background one is faced with the question which ERP solutions are suitable for middle-sized companies resp. whether there are any at all.
To come to the point: There are a number of ERP solutions suitable for employment in middle-sized companies. However, there is not the one ERP solution for middle-sized companies just as there is not the one middle-sized company. On the one hand, the ERP requirements of service, trading and manufacturing companies differ greatly. On the other hand the term middle-sized company is elastic: The current EU definition counts companies with up to 250 employees as middle-sized, while many companies in Germany with more than 500 employees see themselves as belonging to this group without doubt.
Apart from all differences, there are some things, companies with up to 250 employees have in common when it comes to employing ERP solutions:
The smaller the company the more pronounced these characteristics normally are and they are often in direct conflict with the basic requirements which can be deduced from ERP solution employment:
Experience shows that the greater the degree of software employment the higher the demands of a structured organisation, well-qualified personnel and IT budget.