Rapid Implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning Systems

Item Type Journal paper

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are integrated software systems for administration of all aspects of a business. A major hindrance to firms that wish to convert from existing legacy systems to ERP systems (such as SAP R/3) is that the process can take 12 to 18 months. This is an especially daunting length of time for small to midsize companies. Many ERP software vendors and consulting firms have developed methods for rapid systems integration, which, it is claimed, can cut implementation time to as little as 5 or 6 months. In this article, we explore the experience of 4 small to midsize companies who implemented SAP R/3 using Accelerated SAP (ASAP), SAP's rapid implementation process.
ASAP is a reference-process-based approach to implementing R/3. As such, it does not allow for extensive customization of business processes during implementation. Nevertheless, our study showed that R/3 can be implemented quickly and effectively in small- to medium-size firms. ASAP appears to provide the ingredients for a well-structured implementation project. By reducing project scope and complexity, it reduces consulting costs and project risks. By splitting the project into small units with clear short-term goals, it increases the motivation for the project team. Finally, it can form the basis for a continuous improvement effort in which business processes are tuned to the new ERP system.

Authors Fleisch, Elgar; Österle, Hubert & Powell, Steven
Journal or Publication Title Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce
Language German
Subjects other research area
HSG Classification not classified
Refereed No
Date 2004
Publisher Ablex Publ.
Place of Publication Norwood, NJ
Volume 14
Number 2
Page Range 107-126
Number of Pages 20
ISSN 1054-1721
ISSN-Digital 1532-7744
Publisher DOI 10.1207/s15327744joce1402_02
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Elgar Fleisch
Date Deposited 14 Dec 2005 20:29
Last Modified 23 Aug 2016 10:59
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/21613


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Fleisch, Elgar; Österle, Hubert & Powell, Steven (2004) Rapid Implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning Systems. Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, 14 (2). 107-126. ISSN 1054-1721


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