ERP development:
services, options, roadmap & cost factors

ERP development: services, options, roadmap & cost factors

ERP development is an end-to-end process of designing, building, and deploying bespoke ERP software from the ground up. Itransition builds and supports tailored ERP solutions for companies to supervise, automate, and harmonize core business processes across different departments.

About Itransition

10+ years delivering ERP services

50+ completed projects of different scales across various industries

Hands-on expertise in delivering out-of-the-box, custom, and hybrid ERP solutions

An Odoo Silver Partner

A NetSuite Solution Provider

Client spotlight

Custom manufacturing ERP

21%

sales growth

We provided a leading UK furniture manufacturer with a custom ERP/CRM software suite, including an integrated ecommerce module, to streamline its back-office and customer-facing workflows.

An Odoo-based solution

80%

manual effort decrease

We delivered an Odoo-based solution for an automotive company to provide visibility into its core business processes and automate fleet and inventory management, accounting, invoicing, and HR tasks.

ERP system for a repair and maintenance service company

90%

manual tasks automated

Itransition implemented a cloud-based ERP solution on Odoo, which helped the customer automate core business processes, facilitate data-driven decision-making, reduce purchase order approval time by 50%, and accelerate work order management by 100%.

Custom manufacturing ERP

21%

sales growth

We provided a leading UK furniture manufacturer with a custom ERP/CRM software suite, including an integrated ecommerce module, to streamline its back-office and customer-facing workflows.

An Odoo-based solution

80%

manual effort decrease

We delivered an Odoo-based solution for an automotive company to provide visibility into its core business processes and automate fleet and inventory management, accounting, invoicing, and HR tasks.

ERP system for a repair and maintenance service company

90%

manual tasks automated

Itransition implemented a cloud-based ERP solution on Odoo, which helped the customer automate core business processes, facilitate data-driven decision-making, reduce purchase order approval time by 50%, and accelerate work order management by 100%.

Custom manufacturing ERP

21%

sales growth

We provided a leading UK furniture manufacturer with a custom ERP/CRM software suite, including an integrated ecommerce module, to streamline its back-office and customer-facing workflows.

An Odoo-based solution

80%

manual effort decrease

We delivered an Odoo-based solution for an automotive company to provide visibility into its core business processes and automate fleet and inventory management, accounting, invoicing, and HR tasks.

ERP system for a repair and maintenance service company

90%

manual tasks automated

Itransition implemented a cloud-based ERP solution on Odoo, which helped the customer automate core business processes, facilitate data-driven decision-making, reduce purchase order approval time by 50%, and accelerate work order management by 100%.

Our customers say

We hadn’t worked with any third-party software vendor before and were impressed with the interaction framework Itransition team developed for the project. Their experts took a proactive approach, helping us build solid communication channels that best fit our needs and enabled efficiency and productivity despite working from different continents. We communicated our operational issues, and Itransition suggested the solution to meet our business needs. We recommend Itransition as a reliable technological partner in collaborations of any complexity.

Michael Hakimi

Head of Business Development at CyberNet Communications, Inc.

ERP software development roadmap we follow

1

Consulting

We elicit your corporate goals and requirements, define key workflows and business activities, conduct existing tech stack evaluation, prepare ERP software requirements specification, and discuss potential challenges.

2

Design

Our team designs the enterprise resource planning software architecture and user interface according to your technical specifications. We outline key features, modules, and the integration scope, map user journeys, and prepare wireframes, mockups, and blueprints. Eventually, we draw up an optimal technology stack.

3

Planning

Our project manager defines project scope, deliverables, implementation framework, schedules and budget. We also develop data migration and risk management strategies and plan user onboarding.

4

Development

The coding phase encompasses UX/UI development, front-end and back-end development, integration with other types of corporate software, and database setup to migrate and store legacy data.

5

Testing

We involve QA experts and focus groups and apply test automation software to identify performance issues, run security tests to spot vulnerabilities, and carefully assess whether the overall product and single modules match your business functions.

6

Deployment

Itransition’s team deploys your ERP on-premises or in the cloud depending on the hosting model selected, integrates it with your ecosystem, migrates data to the new software, and conducts post-release onboarding and training.

7

Post-launch support

We assign a team to take care of system fine-tuning and troubleshooting, technology upgrades, and user user support on request.

Build or buy your ERP: how to decide?

Before proceeding with custom ERP system development, our ERP consultants ensure that a more affordable platform-based ERP application won’t cover your specific needs. To make a sound choice between the two types of ERP systems, we factor in the following parameters:

Custom ERP software

Off-the-shelf ERP

Features

Custom ERP software

Off-the-shelf ERP

A fully tailored set of features, modules, and integrations

A fixed architecture with built-in features decided by the ERP vendor

Costs

Custom ERP software

Off-the-shelf ERP

Upfront ERP software development costs influenced by the ERP complexity

Long-term cost of ownership due to the software license fees

Timeline

Custom ERP software

Off-the-shelf ERP

Adoption time lag due to design, development, and testing

Faster time-to-market since the tool is ready to be deployed

Support

Custom ERP software

Off-the-shelf ERP

Updates and maintenance are performed in-house by your staff

These services are generally included in the subscription

Modifications

Custom ERP software

Off-the-shelf ERP

Wide configuration and customization possibilities

Limited options within predefined settings established by the vendor

Change management

Custom ERP software

Off-the-shelf ERP

Limited workflow changes as the ERP is tailored to your processes

Boxed ERP implementation may imply several operational changes

Good for

Custom ERP software

Off-the-shelf ERP

Organizations with specific needs and established workflows

Companies with limited budgets and flexible business processes

ERP software key capabilities

We deliver cloud and on-premises ERP solutions with a combination of built-in modules and software integrations selected according to your specific business requirements.

ERP software key capabilities
  • Customer order management
  • Sales workflow automation
  • Customer information management
  • Personalized user experience
  • Shipment tracking and notifications
  • Customer retention and loyalty
  • Recruiting and onboarding
  • Staff allocation
  • Payment processing
  • Performance management
  • Staff training and development
  • Document and knowledge management
  • KPI assessment
  • Sales trend forecasting
  • Budgeting and financial forecasting
  • Customer data analysis and visualization
  • Real-time campaign tracking
  • Operational intelligence
  • Financial management and planning
  • Profitability analysis
  • Invoice processing
  • Tax payment processing
  • Payroll management
  • Accounts payable and receivable
  • General ledger management
  • Marketing campaigns optimization
  • Omnichannel sales
  • Customer segmentation and targeting
  • Tailored promotions
  • Customer journey visibility
  • Purchasing history tracking
  • Production planning and control
  • Quality inspection
  • Productivity tracking
  • IoT-enabled predictive asset maintenance
  • Product lifecycle management (PLM)
  • Production expenses management
  • Asset maintenance
  • Procurement management
  • Automated supply chain management
  • Logistics management
  • Returns management
  • Warehouse inventory management
  • Order and delivery management
  • Supplier relationship management (SRM)
  • Project planning
  • Tasks assignment and tracking
  • Team collaboration tools
  • Project monitoring and controlling
  • Risk management
  • Project documentation

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ERP software integration

Integrating your ERP with business software, you can turn it into a unified back-office management center and a single source of truth. Depending on your requirements and existing software ecosystem, Itransition’s ERP experts choose among different integration models.

Approaches

  • Custom
    Integrations between your ERP and other corporate applications configured in-house by your IT specialists and ensuring top control.
  • Native integration
    A model leveraging pre-configured integrations provided by the software vendor.
  • iPaaS
    Cloud-based, highly scalable integration solutions relying on online platforms that take care of data transformation and transfer among applications.

ERP development process: cost factors

When estimating the cost of custom ERP software development and deployment, we consider the following key metrics.

FeaturesThis includes the set of functionalities in each distinct module
and the number of ERP modules making up your solution
IntegrationsEncompassing the integration model and the
number of integrations with external software
Development teamDesigners, developers, testers, and project managers
required depending on the previous points
TrainingUpskilling initiatives to help your staff get
acquainted with the new tool
MaintenanceAny support activities that ensure smooth,
long-term operation of your ERP system
Process fine-tuningMinor adjustments within your corporate
workflow for better synergy with the custom solution
UpgradesFurther updates and customizations adapting the
ERP’s capabilities to ongoing corporate changes

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ERP change management: best practices

While custom ERP software comes with an array of personalized features carefully designed to synergize with your existing corporate workflows, post-release user support and change management are essential aspects of a successful adoption strategy we focus on.

Impact assessment

An estimate of potential implementation benefits and challenges to set up a suitable adoption plan, including resource allocation.

Workflow adjustments

Typically limited process changes aimed at better integrating a custom ERP system into your day-to-day business operations.

Training & support

Ongoing end-user support and corporate training via eLearning, in-class sessions, and workshops to streamline software adoption.

Management & staff buy-in

Proactive communication of the adoption scope, goals, and early achievements to promote a digital-friendly corporate culture.

Custom ERP quality assurance activities we perform

Functional testing
To assess the actual ERP system's operation and output in light of your software specifications and functional requirements.
Usability testing
To evaluate your ERP's effectiveness and intuitiveness in a real-life corporate scenario, specifically for its target audience.
Performance testing
To examine custom software stability, stress resilience, scalability, and responsiveness under standard and extreme conditions.
Security testing
To identify potential vulnerabilities and safeguard your data via pre-audit evaluation, penetration tests, and code reviews.
Compatibility testing
To make sure your custom ERP interacts seamlessly with other software, networks, and devices in your digital environment.
Compliance testing
To determine whether your final product was built in line with major quality standards and data management regulations.

ERP upgrade vs ERP replacement

Once your existing ERP software solution no longer meets your requirements in terms of performance, integrations, scalability, and industry-specific features, you'll face the "upgrade or replace" dilemma. Here are some guidelines that we have worked out to help your company decide whether to enhance your ERP through customization or develop new custom software from scratch.

Key benefits
Lower development costs, as adding new modules and features is faster than creating a whole new ERP Easier adoption and less training, since your staff will already be familiar with your ERP’s core functionalities Lower risks of technical issues and easier rollback, compared to the end-to-end implementation of a new software system
Recommended when
A simple upgrade already covers all necessary additions and fixes Fully replacing your ERP management system is just too expensive and disruptive You expect personalization to deliver similar ROI with less risk

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