When researching which enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution is the most appropriate for your specific business needs, be sure to have your business strategies and goals handy. Choosing the right ERP solution is like choosing the right tool for the job. You need a solution that can support your business strategies and be flexible enough to change as your business needs change.
Getting started with an ERP implementation is one of those situations where you ‘measure twice and cut once’, as the saying goes. There are a lot of ERP solutions available today and you need to choose the right one for your exact business needs. To get started, put thoughtful consideration to these three major factors:
- Define corporate strategies and goals: If you don’t know where your business is headed, then you could end up with the wrong solution. Your strategic goals are what defines your business and the path for growth. Your ERP solution should be able to collect the metrics that are important for reaching those goals. Robust ERP solutions also offer analysis and business intelligence features so that you can closely monitor key metrics, which enables you to respond faster to deviations and stay on the right path.
- Choose the best software provider for the job: Don’t trust your business to just any software provider. Software providers should be certified and trained with specific ERP solutions. They should offer guidance with matching your business to the best ERP solution. They should not just sell you the solution that ‘everyone is using’. Make sure they also have experts with both the software and with implementing the solution in similar situations.
- Schedule and plan accordingly: Your provider will be able to provide milestone dates for the implementation process which should also coordinate with your goals. It’s important to have regular communication and stick to the plan. Although you may decide to make certain customizations, don’t go overboard. Too many customizations take time, add complications, and can cost more money than you need to spend.
Your ERP solution will provide your business with a solid foundation for growth. ERP should streamline common daily operations and make it easier to manage the data you need to make smart business decisions. Make sure your ERP solution works the way you work and supports your strategies and goals. Contact RAM Software Systems for additional guidance with choosing the proper ERP solution.
By RAM Software Systems, Epicor ERP partner out of Texas