Why has SAP been so successful for so long? Because they designed a massively powerful – and scalable – ERP system, which could be installed from the same CDs/DVDs/Files (delete as appropriate depending on your age) at almost any organisation in the world. From there it could be quickly/slowly/glacially (delete as appropriate depending on your industry/project scope etc) tailored to fit a very wide variety of business processes, just by making settings in the IMG. No need for custom code or tables in the database unless you really wanted to bring your own processes to the system, and even that wasn’t too hard to do.
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