Gartner Research

Top 10 ERP Cost Optimization Ideas

Published: 18 May 2018

ID: G00351880

Analyst(s): Paul Schenck , Denise Ganly


ERP initiatives are associated with high costs. As a result, CIOs look for ways to minimize ERP-related expenses wherever possible. We list 10 ideas for optimizing ERP costs and identify related Gartner publications to help you realize savings.

Table Of Contents



  • 1. Move ERP Solutions to Cloud-Hosted IaaS
  • 2. Use Third-Party ERP Software Support Services
  • 3. Standardize Processes, Data and Configuration Across Organizational Groups
  • 4. Consolidate ERP Application Instances
  • 5. Move Core ERP Functions to SaaS Solutions
  • 6. Scrutinize Lifetime Costs and Values While Prioritizing "Continuous Improvement" ERP Initiatives
  • 7. Automate All ERP Application-Testing Activities
  • 8. Remove Unused or Low-Value Custom Developments and Replace Other Customizations With Standard Package Functionality
  • 9. Utilize Citizen Developers and Create a Stronger Superuser Network to Save on Support, Development and Testing
  • 10. Outsource ERP Application Development, Maintenance or Service Desk to Offshore Locations
  • Further Ideas and Next Steps

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