How to Calculate the Five Year ROI of an ERP Implementation

Is it worth it to invest in an ERP?

Calculating the return on investment (ROI) of an ERP implementation can be a complex process. However, it is essential to understand the ROI to determine if the investment was worth it and if the ERP system is meeting the organization's needs. In this blog, we will discuss how to calculate the five-year ROI of an ERP implementation.

Step 1

Define the Benefits The first step in calculating the ROI is to define the benefits that the organization expects to achieve from the ERP system. These benefits could be anything from reduced operational costs to increased productivity and better decision-making capabilities. It is essential to be as specific as possible when defining the benefits.

Step 2 

Identify the Costs The next step is to identify the costs associated with the ERP implementation. These costs can be divided into two categories: direct and indirect costs.  Direct costs include the cost of the software, hardware, and any third-party services needed for the implementation. Indirect costs include the cost of training employees, data migration, and any other costs that are not directly related to the software.

Step 3

Determine the Payback Period The payback period is the amount of time it takes for the benefits to offset the costs of the ERP implementation. To calculate the payback period, divide the total costs by the expected annual benefits.  For example, if the total cost of the ERP implementation is $500,000, and the expected annual benefits are $200,000, the payback period would be 2.5 years.

Step 4

Calculate the ROI Once the payback period is determined, you can calculate the ROI for the five-year period. To do this, subtract the total costs from the total benefits over the five-year period and divide them by the total costs. Then, multiply the result by 100 to get the percentage.

ROI = (Total Benefits - Total Costs) / Total Costs x 100

For example, if the total benefits over the five-year period are $2,000,000, and the total costs are $1,000,000, the ROI would be 100%.

Step 5

Consider the Intangible Benefits In addition to the tangible benefits, there are often intangible benefits that are more difficult to quantify. These benefits could include improved customer satisfaction, increased employee morale, and better data accuracy. While it may be challenging to assign a dollar value to these benefits, they should still be considered when evaluating the ROI of an ERP implementation.


Calculating the ROI of an ERP implementation is an important process that can help organizations determine if the investment is worth it. By following the steps outlined in this blog, organizations can calculate the five-year ROI of their ERP implementation and make informed decisions about future investments. 

If you need help with your Odoo ERP implementation, contact Silverdale today to learn more about how we can help.  We have consulted with dozens of businesses like yours and helped implement Odoo ERP for in a multitude of different industries.  Silverdale can help guide you on ERP implementation path to maximize the ROI for your business.

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