Most of us are still driving traditional cars that have a certain fuel efficiency and performance. We are bound to a car that remains more or less as it was when we bought it. If we want to add features and equipment like air-condition, parking sensors or heated seats, we naturally have to pay extra when we acquire it. Improvements such as greater fuel efficiency, would only be possible if we replaced the engine at a cost we would never recoup. Technological improvements – like adding automated car parking or self-driving capabilities, continuously up-dating functionality, or eliminating all engine noise – are not possible at all.
Many businesspeople enjoy a much more emotional relationship with their car than with their ERP system – even though the up-front costs and service life of these investments used to be quite similar for small and medium-sized businesses. In this post, we would like to use the case of Tesla to illustrate some of the choices we have, but might not be aware of, when it comes to ERP systems.