Christian Barth, Stefan Koch,
"Critical success factors in ERP upgrade projects"
, in Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 119, Nummer 3, Seite(n) 656-675, 2019
Critical success factors in ERP upgrade projects
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In the last years the penetration of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems within small, medium and large organizations increased steadily. Organizations are forced to adapt their systems and perform ERP upgrades in order to react to rapidly changing business environments, technological enhancements and rising pressure of competition. The purpose of this paper is to focus on the critical success factors for such projects.
The paper is based on a literature review and qualitative interviews with CEOs, CIOs, ERP consultants and project managers who recently carried out ERP upgrade projects in their respective organizations.
This paper identifies 14 critical success factors for ERP upgrade projects. Amongst others, effective project management, external support, the composition of the ERP team and the usage of a multiple system landscape play a key role for the success of the ERP upgrade. Furthermore, a comparison to the critical success factors for ERP implementation projects was conducted, and even though there are many similarities between these types of projects, several differences emerged.
ERP upgrade projects have a huge impact on organizations, but their success and antecedents for it are currently under-researched.