The need for change within a business usually stems from the weight of internal and external forces. Left unchecked, these forces can pose a threat to the health and ultimate existence of the organization.For example, maybe revenue has stagnated because your sales team’s supply data doesn’t jive in real-time with available inventory in a distribution center. Perhaps new regulatory demands or compliance requirements mandate a move toward standardized business practices that will satisfy OSHA specs or Department of Labor laws.Whatever the malady, you might have heard of, or considered, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) as an all-encompassing fix for what ails your business. Comprehensive ERP suites typically support the operations of multinational corporations employing thousands, enabling them to sell goods and services globally. For example, Hewlett-Packard once had a massive ERP rollout that went awry, which cost them $160 million in backorders and lost revenue—more than five times the estimated project cost.If you aren’t involved in running a multinational corporation, standalone business management software can provide a similar solution, with a leaner budget and less organizational disruption. They present a more affordable and less taxing approach to your problems, without the software bloat that often comes with complex software solutions.We’ll take a look at four common software modules that are included in an ERP implementation and explore your options for getting the same results.