What is the SMB's typical path to ERP?

Shanghai Elico Limited - 上海寰享网络科技有限公司, Eric Caudal

Excel, the SMB master tool

According to their maturity, Small and Mid-sized Business follows a typical pattern in software and common practices usage:

1. Paper and pen 
2. Excel (from basic usage to over-complex multi-sheets, multi-file structures) 
3. Financial management software for the invoicing control 
4. CRM software starting a customer-oriented approach
5. Entry-level ERP with initial functionality such as data management, invoicing and stock management 
6. Full-scale ERP including CRM, manufacturing, full traceability, EDI, e-banking