75% of conventional ERP software projects fail.

It's astounding, but three-fourths of ERP implementations have historically failed, despite forming the core of companies' business operations! Here are just a few reasons why:

Mounting implementation costs

Filled with hidden costs, business spending on traditional ERP systems often don't end with the purchase of the software. They instead begin here and grow with your customization, automation and maintenance needs, burning a massive hole in your pocket.

Internal bias

An understated, but high-impact, contributor to most ERP software implementation failures is the internal bias ERP vendors and system integrators have towards particular ERP solutions. Customers, as a result, end up with ERP software that isn't cut out to address their unique challenges, without expensive customizations and long implementation cycles.

Complex customizations

According to FinancesOnline, the average time taken to get an ERP customized to suit your business and operations landscape has increased from 16.9 to 17.4 months. This stems from customizations needed for traditional ERP systems, which often requires technical expertise and niche skillsets.

Poor data quality

Businesses usually underestimate the criticality and quality of the data migrated to their ERP software from old systems. Their assumption that ERP systems will improve the quality of information is often misplaced. Any ERP software is only as good as the data that gets pushed to it.

What is a custom ERP? What is a custom ERP?

What is a custom ERP?

A custom ERP solution or platform enables you to swiftly build ERP software from the ground-up, with little to no coding. Low-code platforms, like Zoho Creator, are increasingly being utilized to build, manage, automate, and integrate business systems, enabling businesses to consolidate information and streamline processes in a meaningful way, at significantly lower costs.

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Automation-first philosophy

A custom ERP system, built on a low-code platform with advanced visual workflow editors, ensures automations are not pushed to the periphery of your ERP implementation, as a mere value-add. Easily deployable advanced automation workflows can bring your ERP system to the forefront of your operations.

ERPs that mirror your operations

With a bottom-up approach to ERP-building, custom ERP platforms ensure that your business processes and culture are at the heart of your ERP software, cascading into every stage of your ERP build, release, and maintenance—from data to design, from development to performance management.

Higher utilization, lower maintenance

Though a custom ERP takes more time during conception and ideation, the build and maintenance takes much less, as the focus is on the business essentials, at the time of different releases. The utilization of features is also close to 100%, since every feature is built to address specific business exigencies.

Seamless data migration

Zoho Creator's enterprise-grade data management capabilities assure easy data import, transformation, maintenance. Secured with encryption, cloud-based backups, and easy integrations, data migration from legacy applications is a breeze, keeping your data quality intact.

Zero hidden costs

A definitive case in point for custom ERP solutions is its transparency in pricing structures. Since users pay for the platform and data storage, and not for the degree of automations, customizations, or third party integrations, you're always in control of your ERP spends.

Empowering citizen development

The gaps in your expectations and outcome arise from your business users' dependence on traditional programmers to achieve your vision. Giving business users a platform through which they can deploy complex customizations and workflows, with a visually integrated development environment, reduces cycle time while increasing your ERP's relevance to its end users.


A cloud-based ERP offers fast implementation, better collaboration, and increased uptime at significantly lower costs and zero fixed capital. This lets you focus better on your key competencies, leaving behind maintenance and security woes to our experts. Our fully owned, fully encrypted data centers offer 99.9% uptime and complete protection from data risks.

Hear from brands that have built their custom ERP using Zoho Creator

Custom ERP for Retail

"We've built an entire enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution—Ofeefee—for our specific industry (last mile distribution). We like to say it's SAP for our industry, but it costs us a fraction of the equivalent licensing fees. It has digital tools for every step of the product journey: procurement, inbound delivery, inventory management, outbound logistics, account management, commissions, billing, payments, payroll, rewards, and more."

-Ben Walwyn, CTO, Yellow

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Custom ERP for Supply Chain

We wanted to create something entirely bespoke to us, rather than just a complete off-the-shelf solution. So it had to be complex enough to fit the needs of the business while being simple enough so that most can easily use it.

-Robert Oldershaw, Director, Oldershaw

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Custom ERP for Manufacturing

The features and scope of OlivERP cannot be replicated with any commercial ERP available, without spending millions of dollars. This was only possible with Zoho Creator. Thank you for creating Zoho Creator!

- Mehmet Ozkan, Proprietor, Ozelia

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Custom ERP for Logistics

With Zoho Creator, we get the advantage of setting up all the processes all by ourselves. Whether there's a small change or a big change, we can do it instantly, without any external dependency.

-Gaurav Kakkar, System Process Manager, Emirates Logistics

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Custom ERP software for limitless possibilities

With over 600+ out-of-the box third-party app integrations, building a custom ERP solution from scratch has never been simpler. Zoho Creator's easily configurable APIs help you analyze, monitor, and manage information stored across all your business apps from a single, consolidated instance, on the go.

Custom ERP software

Prebuilt sample apps for custom ERP systems

Zoho Creator's suite of model apps for ERP and sales resource planning (SRP) needs are built to act as a foundation for your business to get a jumpstart and swiftly customize on. These apps will give you an idea of our platform's capabilities. They're in no way intended to limit your view of the endless customizations that our ERP solutions platform supports, or the ease with which you can integrate these suites of apps for a custom ERP aligned to your business needs.

Sales & Marketing

We have prebuilt sample apps to help you get a quick start on digitizing your entire sales and marketing cycle. From product cataloging, content generation, and managing your franchises to lead management, and customer, sales operations, and quotation management, our suite helps you automate your processes at scale, in no time.

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Business process automation is at the core of Creator's low-code framework. Our model apps for operations help centralize enterprise-wide operations from managing orders to managing your external stakeholders. In addition, our industry-oriented model apps give you a glimpse into the customizations you can achieve for your industry-specific needs.

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An engaged, capable workforce is a key driver for your business success, so HR executives are essential in ensuring your employees stay motivated. But do they get adequate time to focus on their core competencies? Automate all your transactional work with our suite of model apps built for your HR team.

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Our suite of sample apps for finance and accounting range across payables and receivables management, cash flow analysis, tax management, invoicing, and so much more. Freeing your experts' from transactional, low-order tasks, can help your business boost compliance and avoid security risks.

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IT & Administration

Cloud-based apps have become central to key aspects of administration and IT management, like appointment management, conference room management, ticket resolution, and IT software and asset management. A centralized hub for your IT management and administration can help your teams focus more on internal customer satisfaction!

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Customer support

Customer support can make or break your business! All your efforts in marketing and sales is of little value if you're unable to retain your customers and help them on their journey with you. Explore our model apps for keeping your customers educated and well tended-to.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Enterprise Resource Planning?

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) at its broadest, constitutes the management of all business processes and information, across functions and services, in a centralized and integrated manner. Though initially conceived for managing material procurement and inventory in the manufacturing sector of the 1960s, ERP systems have evolved rapidly to be integral to business operations, across all industries and sectors. Explore our suite of solutions for the manufacturing sector here.

Why does your business need an ERP software?

An ERP, in essence, helps businesses transform the way they operate, through an intelligent combination of smart process automation and robust information management systems, that make key insights available across your business as relevant.

Can I create an app on Creator for free?

Yes, and with Creator's low-code capabilities, you can either start from scratch, or with an existing database, to build, manage, and scale cloud-based applications. Explore available plans and the full set of features here.

How easy is it to create an app from scratch on Creator?

Creator's intuitive low-code platform lets you create applications in just minutes, with a few curated drag-and-drops. Our proprietary programming language, Deluge, has been conceptualized exclusively for nontechnical users, helping you quickly configure advanced capabilities and workflows, with little to no technical know-how.

Does Creator support native iOS or Android development?

Yes, Creator has you covered across the mobile application development lifecycle, from application architecture and UI/UX to advanced workflow automation and performance monitoring. Learn more

Are there prebuilt app templates that I can quickly customize and reuse?

Yes, Creator boasts 60+ prebuilt apps to cater to a diverse set of business functions and a wide range of business sectors and industries. Browse them all.

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