As a company who offer ERP Consulting Services, we know that the decision making doesn’t stop once you have decided to purchase an ERP system. We have been offering a business software consulting service for many years now, so we have a good grasp of the most important considerations that you need to know before you start the ERP system selection process. So, here are our top six tips on what you need to think about when choosing an ERP system that is right for your business:
Tip One: Define Your Company Goals
One of the main reasons why companies choose to implement an ERP system is to support their company goals. Therefore, it is a good idea to have a clear idea of what your objectives are before you select a system, as these will affect the type of system you choose. For example, it could be that you want to grow your business, so you need an ERP system that provides you with the functionality you need to double your business. Or, your main objective could be to bring your product or service to market faster, so you need a system that will support you in gaining market share faster.
Tip Two: Outline Your System Requirements
Obviously, most companies will have similar general operations, such as marketing and sales, but the specific industry that your company operates in will also dictate what other functions you may need. If you select an ERP system based solely on cost, you may end up spending more in the long run, as you have to add on features and functions to tailor it specifically to your needs. Think carefully therefore about all of the tasks you undertake in a business day, only then will you be sure to get a system that suits your needs perfectly.
Tip Three: Think About Futureproofing
As an ERP consultancy in Manchester, we are well aware that technology is moving fast. Think about what it would be like to implement another new ERP system in 2 years’ time. The lost time, disruption to business and retraining time does not bare thinking about, not to mention the cost of buying the new software. That is why it is better to choose a newer system now, with the latest technology built in to give you more longevity in the long run.
Tip Four: Be Mindful of your Budget
If you have already started looking at ERP systems, you will know that there is a huge variation in price, with higher priced systems typically having more advanced functionality than lower priced systems. As a company offering ERP consulting services, we know it can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking more expensive is better, but this is not always the case. You may not need all the functionality that the most expensive system offers, conversely, some of the more expensive systems may not provide all the functionality you require.
Tip Five: Have a Good Team in Place
As an ERP Consultancy in Manchester, we know that one of the most common mistakes people make when selecting their systems is not fully to take into account the importance of both the vendor’s team and the internal team who will be implementing and supporting the software. Anyone is able to sell a product, but you need to make sure that the vendor team can also support you afterwards. Also, ERP implementations are not simple, and not having your best internal people involved could lead to slow decision making and delays which will have an impact on your costs.
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