The SAP ERP system is on such a scale that, in terms of Latvia, you could run TWFC* on it. And it seems that is what may be done, as one of the major implementations is at the Latvian Ministry of Finance. The ambition is to compose next year's state budget on the system, getting inputs from all the ministries, etc. Should be interesting.
What I am also trying to say is that the small countries with relatively small businesses are a limited market for these massively capable systems, except to the extent that the small and medium-sized businesses (medium globally, being, say, Lattelecom) will have to eventually integrate with global companies running SAP or brand X. The vision here is of a total electronic information and management nervous system -- you place an order online in Bangkok and it, via three layers of subcontactors, turns on a factory in Latvia that makes a subwidget for the order, and then the ultimate customer in Borneo can drill down and see exactly when the subwidget was made.
This kind of knowledge and information saturation makes it possible, as Shai Agassi framed it, to "drive (a business) while seeing forward." When you think about it, most businesses steer by looking back at what happened. Interesting.
It also means that businesses have to define themselves and their processes very precisely and carefully. It is of little use to "drill down" to the benchmarks and metrics for a particular manufacturing step if one has not defined or determined them and manufactures on the general assumption that most of the stuff will somehow turn out OK as it has, generally speaking, in the past. In this regard, the capabilities of SAP and enterprise resource planning systems generally expose the blindness of much of business to its own essential processes.
So SAP and its like are inevitably coming and businesses in Latvia that don't want to be roadkill in the next few years must adapt.
*the whole fuckin' country (what did you think :) )