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Any enterprise, regardless of size, can benefit from implementing an ERP system to manage its business processes. An ERP system can automate many processes and streamline back-office operations.


  • ERP deployments can involve a lot of work, but doing the groundwork upfront ensures the software is properly configured and customized for the business's processes, providing long-term benefits.
  • SMEs looking to deploy enterprise applications should not feel daunted by the implementation process, because cloud-based ERP is a long way away from traditional, on-premises deployments, which can be time consuming and expensive.
  • Application vendors can meet the needs of SMEs and startups by offering rapid deployments, products that are easy to configure to specific business needs, and post-deployment customer support.

Features and Benefits

  • Explores the experience of Lexatys, a specialist engineering firm that manufactures microwave components, in selecting and deploying a new ERP solution.
  • Analyzes the benefits of deploying modern cloud-based applications in terms of speed and access to new functionality.
  • Explains the benefits of software as the business develops and how to tailor it to your requirements.

Key questions answered

  • What are the benefits for an enterprise of adopting a modern cloud-based ERP solution?
  • How do rapid deployment methodologies for business applications work, and can they fulfill their claims?
  • What are best practices for ERP deployment in an SME?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

Using an ERP system to streamline business processes in manufacturing engineering

  • Setting the business context
  • The role of ICT/services in solving the problem
  • Outcome assessment

Lessons learned

  • Start at an earlier stage of business growth
  • Even if you do not deploy fully, you can still get started with the basics
  • Modern ERP deployment can be achieved in well under six months


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author