When looking at an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solution, one of the key concerns is the variety of modules and how their contents and structure fit in with the company’s current processes. Most ERP solutions have a module chart or list that shows the organization/grouping and structure of the different modules. However, it is important that you see these modules in action in a demo as well. There should be a consistent look and feel from module to module in the system for smooth working transitions.
Most ERP vendors have similar out of the box ERP modules. But, before bringing an ERP vendor in, it is important to know what modules are needed and which modules are not needed. Some ERP solutions come with all modules included; in this case, a higher cost is paid up front, but should the need for the other modules develop down the line, it is easy to add on more at no major costs. Others ERP companies will allow you to pick and choose which modules you want and do not charge you for those you do not, which allows it to be cheaper upfront, but then you pay a higher cost later should you want to add more modules. Modules can also be customized. The capabilities and costs of customizations and add-ons will vary from different ERP vendors, but they are usually a decent cost in a system as massive as an ERP solution. One thing to keep in mind is: which system best fits your current processes and allows for an easier transition with your future plans?