Types of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems

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December 1, 2023

# Understanding the Different Types of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are indispensable tools for modern businesses, streamlining operations and meeting a company’s everyday needs. These business management software solutions provide a centralized platform with applications for managing various aspects of a business, from supply chain and inventory management to financial administration. Whether it’s for retail, consumer products, the industrial sector, energy and utilities, or government and defense, organizations across various industries can benefit from leveraging ERP systems.

### Types of ERP Systems Based on Deployment Options

#### On-premises ERP Systems

Installing ERP software on the organization’s own servers and hardware, an on-premises system offers benefits such as cost savings, customization, and in-house data security. However, it requires a significant upfront investment, periodic upgrades, and poses potential risks associated with in-house data management.

#### Cloud-based ERP Systems

With cloud-based ERP, the software is managed remotely by a third-party vendor, eliminating the need for extensive on-site IT infrastructure and offering scalability, cost savings, and accessibility advantages. However, it may lead to long-term costs and connectivity issues during downtime.

#### Hybrid ERP Systems

A hybrid ERP system combines elements of both on-premises and cloud ERP, providing tailored solutions, scalability, and enhanced security, but it may involve higher long-term costs, deployment challenges, and oversight requirements.

### Which ERP System Serves Your Business Best?

Choosing the right ERP solution depends on the unique needs of your organization. In alignment with the current business trends, cloud-based ERP systems are often favored for their cost-effectiveness and accessibility. Hybrid ERP solutions, suitable for specific organizations requiring aspects of both on-premises and cloud, offer tailored scalability and security. On the other hand, organizations seeking complete autonomy may find on-premises ERP systems more suitable.

Ultimately, the decision comes down to considering the size, functionality, procurement, and industry-specific requirements of the organization. By partnering with IBM Consulting®, organizations can benefit from expert advice and assistance in successfully migrating legacy ERP applications to the cloud, leveraging data, AI, and automation, and transforming finance into a competitive advantage.

For example, IBM Consulting® offers managed services for SAP applications and ERP integration to help optimize operations, enabling organizations to focus on innovation and new opportunities. Additionally, SAP consulting services are available to guide organizations in their transition to cloud ERP solutions and optimization of underlying operational functions.

By understanding the characteristics and benefits of each type of ERP system, businesses can make informed decisions to enhance their operational efficiency and agility.


1. **Which industries can benefit from ERP systems?**
ERP systems cater to a wide range of industries, including retail, consumer products, industrial, energy and utilities, and government (including defense).

2. **What are the deployment options for ERP systems?**
The common deployment options for ERP systems include on-premises, cloud-based, and hybrid systems.

3. **What are the advantages of cloud-based ERP systems?**
Cloud-based ERP systems offer easy maintenance, scalability, cost savings, and accessibility benefits, making them popular among small and medium-sized businesses.

4. **How can IBM Consulting® help organizations with ERP systems?**
IBM Consulting® offers expertise in migrating legacy ERP applications to the cloud, leveraging data, AI, and automation, and transforming finance into a competitive advantage within businesses.


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