A new Technology Evaluation Center (TEC) survey aimed at determining the impact of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions on an organization's perceived ability to make change, reports that 70 percent of ERP users feel notably disadvantaged by their existing systems. Agresso, a new entrant into the North American ERP market, sponsored the survey of nearly 900 users. With $33 billion spent annually on ERP solutions and replacement solutions benchmarked every five to eight years, ongoing change to rigid ERP solutions amounts to billions of dollars spent annually.

70 percent of the respondents said their corporations and ERP providers "seem trapped in a never-ending cycle of need-spend-need-spend." When asked whether "the perceived impact of making changes to their SAP, Oracle or PeopleSoft enterprise solution has previously prevented or delayed" their company from "selecting business strategies that might otherwise have had a positive impact" on their businesses, 58 percent of those respondents saw a significant level of caution and delay.

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