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ERP Software: Things to Know Before You Buy

If you are considering purchasing Enterprise Resource Planning software for your company, take the time to make sure you are making the right selection. If you rush your purchase before thoroughly investigating your company’s needs, you are setting yourself up for failure. After all, the most expensive software on the market is useless if it doesn’t meet your business’ particular needs. Buying the wrong software will cause countless headaches as you try to make it fit your business and will cost more money as you try to adapt it to serve the purpose you intended. Here are some common mistakes people make when buying ERP software and how you can avoid them.

Mistake #1 – Buying ERP software without knowing what you really need

Make a list of problems you are trying to solve and opportunities you want to maximize in your business. You also need to consider the structure and size of your company. If, for example, you have limited resources and a small budget, you will likely benefit more from fully-integrated ERP software, which will provide you the most productivity with the least resources and the lowest cost. It can be difficult for a single application to meet every need of your business so prioritize your needs list to make sure you deal with the most important items first.erp software

Mistake #2 – Choosing ERP software that limits your company’s capabilities and growth potential

The purpose of ERP software is to enhance your business. To make sure yours works for you, you should find an ERP software package that is industry-specific and can meet all of the specialized needs of your business. If your software doesn’t provide you with reduced costs, increased profitability, and improved efficiency, it is not the right product for you.

Mistake #3 – Buying from the first vendor you find

Going with a big name vendor, or one that has worked for someone you know who isn’t in the same business, can be a tragic mistake in your implementation. You need to find an ERP software vendor that is knowledgeable in your industry and that will understand the unique needs of your business. Also, since you will need to have a long-term relationship with your vendor, look for an ERP software provider that offers ongoing support, product releases, user forums, and other business tools as part of the service.

Mistake #4 – Taking ERP software implementation lightly

ERP implementation is a major step for your company. It is important that everyone in the company, from the president down, is involved in the process. It is also imperative to make sure that employees have received comprehensive training in the use of the ERP software.

Mistake #5 – Making a decision based on cost alone

Implementing ERP software in your company is a long-term investment designed to change your business for the better. When choosing an ERP software package, the cheapest solution is often not the best solution. Take the time to explore your options and make sure you are getting the best possible deal while still meeting the needs of your company.

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Chris Shaul has implemented hundreds of CRM and ERP as both a project manager and a solution architect. With a strong background in the manufacturing and distribution industries, he has delivered projects for large and small firms. He has implemented software in many industries, including: High-tech, Manufacturing, Distribution, Service organizations, Medical, Non-Profits and Construction firms. Chris is an experienced leader in Customer Service, Salesforce Automation, Social Enterprise and Marketing. He has trained and experienced in Lean Enterprise concepts, Business Process Reengineering, Strategic Planning, Project Management, and Business Systems Architecture. He is currently working as a delivery manager for a global consulting firm and holds four certifications in Salesforce.com.

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