The 10 Best ERP Books Your Company Should Read in 2021

The editors at Solutions Review have compiled the best ERP books worth reading based on relevance, ratings, publish date, and ability to add value to a business.

SR Finds 106There is no shortage of ERP resources and learning tools available online (including the buyer’s guides and best practice articles here on Solutions Review). But if your team is looking for something more substantial, a good, old-fashioned book might be one of the best options available to you. To help you find the right one for your needs, our editors have identified some of the best ERP books you and your team can read together.

Each of the books listed below has at least 3 or more stars on Amazon and comes from various leaders, educators, and professionals in the ERP and manufacturing resource planning fields. Readers can find everything from the basics of ERP to higher-level methodologies in these books. This list is organized alphabetically by title.

Best ERP Books You Should Be Reading

Concepts in Enterprise Resource Planning

OUR TAKE: Ellen Monk, an Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems, and Bret Wagner, who has been integrating ERP software into curriculum for over 20 years, have written a book for anyone looking to maximize their ERP expertise.

Concepts in Enterprise Resource Planning

Concepts in Enterprise Resource Planning will teach new and professional readers how to master and maximize their enterprise resource planning software effectiveness. The book teaches its readers how integrated information systems can help organizations improve their business processes, provide managers with accurate data, and empower them to make the most informed strategic decisions for their company. This 4th edition updates the material to cover relevant trends and the latest updates in the ERP market.


Control Your ERP Destiny: Reduce Project Costs, Mitigate Risks, and Design Better Business Solutions

OUR TAKE: In this book, Steven Scott Phillips presents readers with comprehensive strategies and techniques to help organizations take charge of their ERP projects.

Control Your ERP Destiny

Writer Steven Scott Phillips is an ERP professional with nearly 30 years of implementation experience as a consultant and practitioner. Readers of his book can expect to learn what it means to become less dependent on outside consultants, reduce the costs associated with ERP implementation and support, mitigate project risks, and ultimately design solutions to meet your company’s needs. The book also comes with hundreds of ERP tips on internal project ownership, software selection, managing service providers, develop implementation strategies, establish realistic budgets, streamline internal processes, and much more.


Critical Success Factors in Enterprise Resource Planning Implementation in U.S. Manufacturing

OUR TAKE: Manufacturing companies looking to improve their ERP implementation will benefit from the insights and best practices Dr. Justin Lee Goldston outlines in his book.

Critical Success Factors in Enterprise Resource Planning Implementation in U.S. Manufacturing

In this book, Dr. Justin Lee Goldston outlines critical success factors and best practices that can help small-to-mid-size manufacturing organizations increase their success before, during, and after implementing an ERP system into their company processes. This book is geared toward organizations and ERP consultants in the manufacturing industry who are curious about the ERP implementation process or want to expand their industry intelligence. It also contains relevant insights and tips for companies outside of the manufacturing markets.


Directing the ERP Implementation: A Best Practice Guide to Avoiding Program Failure Traps While Tuning System Performance

OUR TAKE: Michael W. Pelphrey has over 30 years of experience in the ERP marketplace, and in this book, he applies everything he’s learned to help leaders select and integrate the right ERP system into their company’s processes.

Directing the ERP Implementation

Combining best practices with a proven roadmap for ERP implementations, writer Michael W. Pelphrey’s book provides readers with the framework, methods, and principles they need to ensure they get the highest ROI from their ERP system. The book also covers important topics like information workmanship standards, conference room piloting, project monitoring, software deployment, employee education, risk management tips, and proven methods for ensuring product quality, positive ROI, and more.


Enterprise Resource Planning: A Complete Guide

OUR TAKE: Readers of Ferard Blokdyk’s book can expect to learn many of the ERP-centric fundamentals required to be ready for whatever challenges the future may hold for their enterprise.

Enterprise resource planning

With this textbook, best-selling author Ferard Blokdyk provides thorough coverage of ERP essentials and practices to make sure his readers can achieve their goals. The book contains information and criteria grounded in the experiences of ERP practitioners, old and new. Purchasing the book means receiving access and details to a downloadable enterprise resource planning dashboard that provides you with a projects-ready tool alongside in-depth checklists, project management templates, and tools to help with the ERP implementation process.


Enterprise Resource Planning Systems 2017: 12 Frequently Asked Questions About Enterprise Resource Planning Systems

OUR TAKE: With 50+ years of experience between them, Brian Iinuma and Eric Klauss have written a book for business leaders looking to get comfortable in the world of enterprise resource planning software.

The book is geared toward business owners, CEOs, CFOs, I/T executives, and anyone in sales, operations, or finance who want to learn about software selection and planning, the ERP implementation process, possible post-implementation issues, manufacturing applications for IoT and AI, and more. Brian Iinuma and Eric Klauss have also included various examples and insights from their years of experience in ERP, CRM, sales, marketing consulting, and other markets to ensure a successful implementation that helps their business run smoothly and profitably.


ERP Systems for Manufacturing Supply Chains: Applications, Configuration, and Performance

OUR TAKE: Filled with insights into the core models and functions of an ERP system, this book will show readers how ERP can be used to support a supply chain in small and large manufacturing organizations alike.

The book covers topics like ERP system setup, types of data found in different ERP software models, how ERP can be used in a manufacturing environment, and the strategies you can use to support a supply chain across facilities and companies. Writers Odd Jøran Sagegg and Erlend Alfnes have decades of experience with ERP implementation, consultation, education, and research projects. Their book is primarily written for anyone looking to improve their familiarity with ERP software and improve the way it integrates with their manufacturing company.


How to Select your ERP without Losing your Mind (or your job)

OUR TAKE: With more than 30 years of ERP implementation and consultancy experience, Andy Practico has written a book to help decision-makers evaluate and select a CRM system that suits their business needs.

Maintaining customer satisfaction is easier said than done, especially for companies that don’t have informed ERP strategies. To help, Andy Pratico has used his decades of conducting workshops and helping manufacturers increase ERP success to write a book that will equip readers with information and insight on the data points and best practices they need to select, implement, and maintain an ERP system strategy that will help their company succeed.


Lean MRP: Establishing a Manufacturing Pull System for Shop Floor Execution Using ERP or APS

OUR TAKE: David Altemir’s book is designed to teach manufacturing managers how to establish stable, effective ERP production schedules.

Lean MRP

In Lean MRP, David Altemir examines production schedules play in shop floor work, manufacturing completion predictions, factory capacity examination. The book is geared toward business leaders and managers in high-mix manufacturing industries like contract manufacturing, aerospace, and industrial equipment. It will help them transform their operation and better manage scheduling, performance, inventory, lead time, and other common challenges.


Modern ERP: Select, Implement and Use Today’s Advanced Business Systems

OUR TAKE: Dr. Marianne Bradford’s book is written to be vendor-agnostic and help students and professionals learn the basics of enterprise resource planning software.

This book provides an overview of ERP systems, best practices, and related technologies relevant to readers interested in enterprise resource planning fundamentals. Topics covered include ERP planning, implementation, security, analytics, and more. Dr. Marianne Bradford’s writing is vendor-agnostic and has been updated in this edition to reflect new advances in the ERP market and comes with graphics and screenshots of ERP, CRM, and business analytics software.


Now Read: The Best SAP ERP Training and Online Courses to Consider or The Top Enterprise Resource Planning Courses You Need to Take

William Jepma

Writer, Editor, & Analyst at Solutions Review
William Jepma is an editor, writer, and analyst at Solutions Review who aims to keep readers across industries informed and excited about the newest developments in Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and Marketing Automation. You can connect with him on LinkedIn or reach him via email at
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