When you choose a new ERP system for your company, it is a decision that you will need to live with for at least the next 7-10 years. So you want to make sure you choose a technology that is ahead of the curve and will not be outdated before you even get it installed. That is why I was pretty surprised to hear the new CTO for Sage admit in this ChannelWeb article that, “Some of our products have fallen behind the technology curve and need increased R&D investment." To me that would be a red flag. On the other hand, Kirill Tatarinov, the corporate vice president of Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS) at Microsoft Corp recently said,

We have a customer in Rocky Hill, Connecticut in the financial services industry that processes 100,000 payables transactions a month - that is over 1 million a year! We also work with a staffing firm that processes 2000 payroll checks a week. And it is no problem for their Microsoft Dynamics GP accounting system to keep up with the volume. Can your accounting software do that? When researching financial management systems, transaction processing speed and system scalability are important criteria. You need to know your new system will be able to easily handle existing transaction loads, and manage significant increases as your business grows.