Implementing Vanilla ERP Systems: Factors to Consider in Strategy, Business Alignment, and Customization
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This annotated bibliography examines 31 references to identify factors to consider when implementing a vanilla enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. Literature published since 1998 reveals that there is a high cost in maintaining customized ERP systems, thus companies are deliberately implementing vanilla ERP software. Factors include the need to address strategic and cost implications, organizational adaptation to ERP functionality, deploying strategies to minimize customizations, change management, cross-functional implementation teams, coordination mechanisms, and clear performance measurements.