ERP Business Software Common Questions

July 18, 2017

Researching business software options can seem like a daunting process, and you may have what seems like a thousand questions relating to ERP. We chose three of the most common and answered them here:

“How long should ERP software implementation take?”

Average software implementation time based on number of users:

  • 5-10 users = 5-6 months
  • 10-50 users = 6-8 months
  • 50+ users = 10.5+ months

The more users an organization has, the more time an organization should allow for implementation. Why? A larger user count typically necessitates more training, data, and specialized process requirements.


“What percentage of a company’s employees use business software?”

Software users as a percentage of total number of employees:

  • 1-50 employees = 50%
  • 50-500 employees = 30%
  • 500+ employees = 20%


“Which deployment option is preferred by companies?” 

Deployment preferences in distribution and wholesale industry:

  • Cloud = 43%
  • On-Premise = 11%
  • Uncertain/Undecided = 46%

The current business trend finds more companies actively seeking Cloud ERP software than the traditional On-Premise ERP. The strong Cloud preference for wholesale distributors, in particular, reflects the demand for a real-time, integrated, comprehensive system.


Comparing Apples to Apples: Companies comparing software providers should be certain they are evaluating software vendors on a level playing field including “fixed cost” proposal for: Software Licenses, Training, Data Import, Consulting, Installation, Supplementary Modules/Integrations, Customer Modifications, and Annual/Monthly support and maintenance fees.

We’re sure you have many more questions, and Distribution One is always ready to help. Call our friendly team at 856.380.0629 or send your questions to Either way, you will receive the answers you need from a source you can trust.

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Empire Bolt & Screw

“Out of the gate, our first cost savings occurred in accounting. What was previously a full-time job went down to just 2 hours a day. This change alone saved us $40,000 in year-over-year labor costs.”

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Patlin Inc.

“Distribution One has allowed us to deliver 30% more orders without having to increase our labor force.”

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The Nut Place

“ERP-ONE actually helps our business be more productive. We operate more efficiently because our software performs like a world-class product. And that’s not marketing hype. We trust in its reliability. It is one of the best decisions our company made.”

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Colorado Industrial Packaging

“ERP-ONE tracks product costs and sales margins for us… that benefit alone has added 4% to our bottom line after the first year of implementation and has more than paid for the cost of ERP-ONE.”

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A-Jax Fasteners and Tools

“Enhanced productivity, lower operational costs, higher service levels, and stronger customer relationships—it’s all been attained through our ability to provide continuous real-time data generated through the myriad of programs within ERP-ONE.”

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VLC Distribution

“Having spent 30 years on the operations side of distribution using SAP and AS400 software, I have not encountered a better system than ERP-ONE. The efficiencies and expandability has allowed us to improve our sales by $500,000 per employee in a year.”

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On Time Supply

“We had immediate visibility into which sales representatives were performing and which product lines were providing the best return for our business.”

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Cathy’s Concepts

“The ability to manage orders online has created greater efficiency in their business and has delivered more flexibility in modifying and tracking orders. Changes to an order instantly cascade all the way through the terminals and the processing stations cutting production time by at least 15%.”

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“I’m excited about the future. We processed hundreds of orders in the first week and project our webstore will be handling over 10,000 orders per year.”

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