Interestingly enough, SAP Business ByDesign competes for almost the same customer base. It is intended for companies with 20 to 1,000 users, so any company with 20 to 100 users is fair game for both products. That presents the potential for internal conflict regarding development focus, budget, and other resources for the two products.
Healthy competition is good, but this raises questions that you’d rather not entertain when picking software to run your finances and entire business for the next 5-10+ years.
- Should we have gone with ByDesign instead of BusinessOne?
- What if we grow past 100 users faster than expected?
- Will we need to migrate to SAP ByDesign?
- How likely is an ERP implementation failure?
NetSuite customers are not faced with the same dilemma. There are three basic NetSuite editions, and all share the same code base, so upgrading is streamlined. Plus, bi-annual upgrades are done automatically, with all customizations carrying forward to the latest version. The main differences between the NetSuite editions are the company size and required users, but all customers use the same product.