Choosing the best software and implementation can be tough. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype. Ensuring you get the software you need and when you need it will be discussed in this blog.
To begin, simply ask yourself:
- Is a new software solution, such as a new Enterprise Resource Planning(ERP) system going to increase productivity and efficiency?
- Will an Upgrade be enough to increase productivity and efficiency?
Here are Five tips to help you make a smarter ERP selection:
- Know the big issues: Approach your selection process with the “big issues” in the back of your
mind – functionality, of course; history and maturity of the package; reliability and strength of the
developer; credentials and reputation of the implementation partner or team; and the long-term
support system including user groups and third-party resources that may be available.
- Make a list: Identify your unique procedures, processes, or requirements that you need to support your business today and in the foreseeable future. It’s also important to identify things that are unusual in the way you do business or interface with your customers.
- Focus: Use the internet, consultants, or other resources you may have to identify a handful of systems that have the right functionality for your specific industry. Don’t expect a package to have all the functions you want right out of the box but do expect, and watch for, the ability for the package to adapt to those unique needs without programming.
- Zero in: Once you know the “basics” are covered, you can focus on how well the short-listed system address the unique requirements identified in step 2. Don’t expect a package to have all the function you want right out of the box but do expect, and watch for, the ability of the package to adapt to those unique needs without programming
- Put your “A-Team” on the project: Be sure to pick a strong leader to head the selection and implementation project and assign your top performers to the team. You’ll want the real “doers” actively involved; the people you can probably least afford to spare from their daily responsibilities. Nevertheless, these are the ones who can and will make the right selection and get the system implemented. Be sure that the supplier assigns their own “A-Team” to your project as well.
Ask yourself: Do I trust this company with my business?
Your relationship with the software vendor will be a partnership. Don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions in the demo and make sure its the right partnership for your business. Ask for user from current customers that have needs similar to yours. Create a list of questions for the vendor based on any concerns you have after reading the reviews.
Once you’ve officially found a software and vendor that is the best fit for your business, pat yourself on the back for your hard work, and feel confident that you’ve made the right software choice for your business because you took the time to get the buying process right. It’s time to celebrate the greater efficiency and many other benefits to come from your new software.
Are you ready to take the next step? Schedule a free personalized demo with our team today.