ERP Systems and Competitive Advantage: Some Initial Results
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems have become a de facto standard for integrating business functions. But an obvious question arises: if every business is using the same so called \"Vanilla\" software (e.g. an SAP ERP system) what happens to the competitive advantage from implementing IT systems? If the authors discard their custom-built legacy systems in favor of enterprise systems do they also jettison their valued competitive advantage from IT? While for some organizations ERPs have become just a necessity for conducting business, others want to exploit them to outperform their competitors.