In today’s tough economic climate all organisations need to improve efficiency and, even in midsize firms, that usually means coordinating large quantities of information. Large organisations have large scale IT resources, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, to fulfil these requirements. But such systems are perceived as too unwieldy for midsize firms and the lengthy implementation time – sometimes measured in years – is seen as putting them beyond the budget of all but the largest enterprises. However, as this paper will show, there are now rapid implementation programmes which make ERP systems eminently suitable for midsize organisations.
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