Sizing ERP Implementation Projects: An Activity-Based Approach

Sizing ERP Implementation Projects: An Activity-Based Approach

Guy Janssens (Open University Nederland, The Netherlands), Rob Kusters (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands) and Fred Heemstra (KWD Result management, The Netherlands)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61692-852-0.ch806
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Abstract

ERP implementation projects affect large parts of an implementing organization and lead to changes in the way an organization performs its tasks. The costs needed for the effort to implement these systems are hard to estimate. Research indicates that the size of an ERP project can be a useful measurement for predicting the effort required to complete an ERP implementation project. However, such a metric does not yet exist. Therefore research should be carried out to find a set of variables which can define the size of an ERP project. This paper describes a first step in such a project. It shows 21 logical clusters of ERP implementation project activities based on 405 ERP implementation project activities retrieved from literature. Logical clusters of ERP project activities can be used in further research to find variables for defining the size of an ERP project.

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