Abstract

This paper presents a framework for assessing the business benefits of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. After analyzing the features of ERP systems, the literature on IT benefits, data from 233 ERP-vendor success stories published on the web, and interviews with 34 ERP cases, we have produced a consolidated framework of five benefit dimensions. This framework tries to classify the types of benefit that organizations can achieve by using ERP systems and provide a comprehensive foundation for planning, justifying, and managing the system. The framework focuses on benefits only, from the point of view of management as stakeholders; it does not consider costs.

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