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Understand the Deployment Options for a Two-Tier ERP Suite Strategy

Published: 15 May 2013

ID: G00237583

Analyst(s): Nigel Montgomery


Adopting a two-tier ERP strategy can dramatically reduce regional business unit implementation times, provide greater agility and improve operational costs. CIOs understanding its definition, the rationale for selection and the diverse deployment options is key to a successful implementation.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Defining a Two-Tier ERP Strategy
  • Understanding Your ERP Deployment Options
    • Options 0 and 1 — Zero Tier
    • Options 2 and 3 — Single Tier
    • Option 4 — Two Tiers, Different Suites, Same Vendor
    • Option 5 — Two Tiers, Different Suite/Vendor, One Second-Tier Version
    • Option 6 — Two Tiers, Different Suite/Vendor, Second-Tier Shortlist
    • Option 7 — Multiple Tiers, Laissez Faire
    • Regional Versus Global
  • The Rationale for Considering Two Tiers Over One
    • Cost Imperative
    • Manufacturing Plant Agility
    • The Weight of a Fully Loaded Approach
    • Using a Sledgehammer to Crack a Nut
    • Business Transformation Opportunity
    • Mergers, Acquisitions and Growth
    • Value Perception
    • The Lure of SaaS
    • Divestiture
  • Conclusion

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