4 Astonishing Advantages of Running a Two-Tier ERP System

When a company acquires more business and expands, one of the big question is what to do with their current enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Growing companies typically try to integrate everything into an all-in-one ERP system, but sometimes a one-tier system isn’t enough. A two-tier ERP approach may be a good solution. This is when two ERP systems operate simultaneously and integrate with each other. This results in a robust, comprehensive ERP system at the corporate level (tier one), while keeping the more flexible, agile, and cost-effective solution at the subsidiary level (tier two). Enterprise technology writer Elizabeth Quirk and members of the ERP provider United VARs shared the advantages of running a two-tier ERP system.

  • Fast Integration – can be implemented and customized in half the time compared with a one-tier solution of the same scope
  • Increased Customization and Simplicity – can be simplified and reduced to just the processes required by the end users
  • Value for Money: Bob Atkinson, Managing Director of In Cloud Solutions (UK) states that “you can do two to three times as much in the same time”
  • Simple and Cost-Efficient Implementation – The two-tier strategy often saves time and cuts costs compared to the one-tier approach
  • Avoiding Complication:  less complex, cheaper and more suitable to your business’ needs

Money is usually a vital factor when implementing a new or upgraded ERP system. Often times companies choose to implement a whole new system, but stop and consider if a two-tier system is right for you.

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