The #1 Step to Selecting ERP Software

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You may have outgrown basic accounting software or are looking to make a switch out of burdensome legacy business management solutions, but for whatever the reason, before you choose your next enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, you need to know WHY you need an ERP solution.  This is the most obvious step that is often overlooked in pursuit of an ERP solution.

Before you look at ERP solutions or choose a list of possible software providers, first and foremost, spend time evaluating why your company needs an ERP solution in the first place.  Conducting a thorough, overall business evaluation has a significant correlation on which ERP solution will best meet your business needs today, tomorrow, and long into the future.   Some of the things to consider may include the following questions:

  1. What data do we collect today and why is it important?
  2. What other important information are we not collecting and why aren’t we collecting it?
  3. How do we collect our data and do we need the software solutions that we use today?
  4. If we need task-specific software solutions, can they be integrated into the ERP solution?
  5. What are our strategic goals and can we monitor those key metrics in ERP?

Conducting a thorough needs assessment will give you the foundation you need when choosing an ERP solution.  A successful ERP solution will collect all of the data you need to get a ‘big picture’ view of your business that you can also break down in to manageable pieces.  Microsoft Dynamics® ERP, for example, can manage finances, supply chain, manufacturing, inventory, project and services management, human resources and payroll, and other core business operations.  You can monitor all of the moving parts of your organization and make connections that determine the overall health of your business.  The Microsoft Dynamics ERP solutions also offer business intelligence and reporting features that make it easier to prepare accurate budgets, control costs, and boost productivity and profitability.

You don’t need a solution that is too big for your operation, and thereby needlessly expensive, or one that is too small and can’t give you the information you need, when you need it.  Contact Perimeter Business Solutions for guidance with your needs assessment and with finding an ERP solution that is right for your business needs today and into the future.

By Mark D. Kosakowski of Perimeter Business Solutions, Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner out of Georgia

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