FAQ: Business Software By The Numbers

Researching business software options can seem like a daunting process, and you may have a thousand questions relating to ERP. I thought it would be helpful to share some of the answers for common questions. For instance, have you ever wondered:

  • “How long should ERP software implementation take?”
  • “What percentage of a company’s employees use business software?”
  • “Which deployment option is preferred by companies?” 

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

Note: Average timeframe for ERP software selection is 6.5 months 

More time for more usersThe 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. 

Software users as a percentage of total number of employees:

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

Deployment preferences in distribution and wholesale industry:

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

Platform DecisionThe 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 ApplesCompanies 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.

I hope these answers provide you with some clarity and guidance as you conduct your research. Please remember that I am always available if you need answers to any other business software questions. 

Steve Monks
Sales Executive


At the 2017 Accelerate User Conference, Distribution One proudly announced the powerful new version of its turnkey Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software suite for wholesalers and distributors: ERP-ONE+ Cloud and On-Premise.

Fulfilling the demand for Cloud deployment flexibility and reliability, ERP-ONE+ is a comprehensive application suite for powering sustained growth and competitive advantage.ERP-ONE+ software is designed for wholesale distributors that require broad suite functionality within one fully interconnected system to handle their entire operational needs. With native 64-bit architecture, ERP-ONE+ delivers superior processing speeds allowing more data to be stored in memory.


With Distribution One’s private, secure Cloud services, customers receive the convenience of universal access meaning that they can connect with their ERP-ONE+ business software anytime, anywhere. Our Cloud ERP provides the powerful capabilities of our software without the responsibilities of handling software updates, backups, security, disaster recovery, or hardware


Providing a comprehensive suite of business applications, Cloud enhanced ERP-ONE+ delivers all the features wholesalers and distributors require to automate their processes including:

  • Accounting
  • Order Entry
  • Inventory Control & Warehouse Management
  • CRM
  • Sales Reporting and Analysis
  • Quality Control Tracking
  • RF Scanning
  • VMI (Vendor Managed Inventory)
  • Kitting/Assembly
  • Lot Control

Because Distribution One provides a complete solution, companies can focus on choices of third party integrations that work best for them including EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) and API (Application Program Interface) services, Mobile Applications, hosted e-Commerce solutions, and enhanced Business Intelligence Dashboards expand the scope of business functionality while delivering deeper insight into current sales and projections. 

Distribution One’s Cloud ERP is the complete, affordable, secure solution for today’s distribution leaders who need to get more done with fewer resources. To discover more about ERP-ONE+ for the Cloud, contact us at [email protected] or sign up for a guided software demonstration.

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