The research project CHANGE1 aims to bring adaptability into Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software systems. Adaptability is seen as a quality to manage change. This could be a reaction to a need or a proactive push to leverage potential opportunities. In any case the process change should be optimally represented in the ERP application. One of the major problems in developing adaptable software systems is the lack of systematic methods during the process of software development. For that, a pattern-based approach has been developed which covers three identified dimensions of adaptability in ERP systems. In the next step a component framework is proposed for characterising adaptable ERP software systems, regardless of venture type.