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Selection of ERP System – Requires an Accurate Evaluation Process

Dec 24th 2014 at 1:55 AM

ERP systems selection is a critical decision for any organization. And, ERP evaluation becomes the most important task while taking this decision. But, you need to be prepared for taking some tough decisions, which are generally required to be taken when any new process is implemented. In this case, it happens till the time you become Live on the ERP System.

Companies may sometimes neglect the importance of ERP selection process, something which prepares them to see ERP implementation difficulties. In the best of times, there is no change in productivity and at worst, there might be a complete implementation failure.

Your selection process decides how the ERP software will work in your experience. ERP software selection is not as easy as it might seem. Making this simpler, there are a few guidelines that should ideally be followed while the ERP evaluation is in process.

The Need for ERP Software Has to Be Established

A number of organizations fail in the ERP systems evaluation in the first step, where a need for having this software has to be established. Following reasons encourage people to buy an ERP system:

  • In case the competition has it
  • Decrease in workload
  • Increase in efficiency of the organization
  • Commercials promise scale of growth and profit
  • Enterprise Resource Planning software enables savings, as the expenses decrease
  • Integration of processes of an organization becomes better and it enables everyone to work together

But, in case productivity is a problem, organizations need to work on the core principals instead of buying ERP software. If all the information, about different processes in your organization can be acquired in a period of time, then spending on setting up an ERP system is a waste.

The main consideration while selecting an ERP software should be, whether an organization's information has to be met in terms of time and quality.

Get the Right Selection Team

While selecting an ERP software, most companies will have the tendency to put the IT Manager in charge of the evaluation. But, IT Managers may not be the right people for this job as they are more fascinated with the technology instead of its functionality. The right people for this job should ideally be the ones who not only can choose the best, but can also drive the ERP implementation efficiently through the entire organization.

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