How Much More Expensive are ERP Systems Than Alternatives?

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Executive Summary

  • Dave McComb’s book Software Wasteland is one of the best books on IT and IT waste.
  • ERP systems are enormously more expensive than alternatives.


The quotes from Dave McCombs’ books are quite shocking. These quotes are so amazing. We created several articles to make them available to ourselves in an easily findable way so that we could use them in the future.

See our references for this article and related articles at this link.


We are convinced that the ERP economics are now at least 10 times more expensive than their alternatives and may be 100 times. Inertia will only keep this trend going for so long.


ERP systems, as we covered in the book The Real Story Behind ERP: Separating the Fiction from Reality, were initially introduced to reduce costs!