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blog | September 17, 2014

3 Keys to Finding the Best ERP for YOU

Every ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software system is unique. That being said, many have similar features and tools. The key then is to determine which system’s uniqueness best fits...

By WorkWiseSoftware

Every ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software system is unique. That being said, many have similar features and tools. The key then is to determine which system’s uniqueness best fits the uniqueness of your company. Here are three keys to that will enable you to determine those unique elements and from there, choose the best ERP software solution for your company.

    1. Know your current business processes and your needs. Make sure that all of your current processes are considered and documented. Also take a look at the strengths and weaknesses in your current business practices. From there, plan what processes or actions you would like the new ERP software to keep the same, help improve, completely change, and/or create. In doing so, you give the ERP vendors an excellent opportunity to show what their system can do for your business needs.
    2. Understand your current infrastructure, and what changes or additions you may need to do. If you do not have an ERP solution already, your current technology can be a huge key in the new solution decision. If you do not or cannot upgrade, it may limit your choices if you do not have the necessary technology. Along with that, different ERP software systems run on various platforms and have different technical needs. Knowing what you have compared to what you need for each vendor can make or break an ERP solution in the evaluation phase.
    3. Be aware of the total cost of ownership. Investing in an ERP software system is a huge investment of time and money. When evaluating vendors, the ERP representatives are fully aware and are going to try to downplay the costs of their ERP solution. However, it is critical you uncover the costs of: a user, the implementation, ongoing maintenance, hardware upgrades, and whatever else may be relevant to your decision. Keep a close eye on hidden costs and costs for other items such as customizations as well.

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