Top 5 Myths about ERP, pt. 2

You might be considering adopting an ERP solution for your business, but have heard some things about ERP  that make you hesitant. What if I told you that they may not even be true? In the first part of Top 5 myths about ERP, we talked about the purpose, affordability and customizing of ERP. In part two, we will be discussing two more myths about ERP.

Myth #4: "After the ERP implementation, all you have to do is use it"

When you buy a new car (and actually care about your investment) you don’t just drive it until the wheels fall off. If you want that car to last for a long time you regularly get the oil changed and tires rotated. When something seems to be wrong with your car you get it checked out to get the maximum amount of performance for your purchase. It is the exact same way with an ERP implementation. Don’t waste all of that time, effort and money your company put into getting a new ERP solution by not maintaining it. It is imperative that you keep your software working at optimal capacity with regular maintenance and upgrades as necessary. Some cloud-based solutions, such as Acumatica, can do upgrades automatically when authorized.

In the age of technology, nothing stays the same for very long in business, especially for ones with a supply chain complex like manufacturers. You must complete a variety of tasks ranging from customer orders to government regulations. This means you have to deal with constant changes to your day-to-day operations. With that being said, your ERP system will need to stay up to date as your vendor makes them available to help your company gain as much functionality as possible.

Myth #5: "All ERP solutions are the same"

If every vendor where really the same there would be no ERP buying process. As a matter of fact, the buying process for ERP is often a long and extensive one. This is because the company looking for the software must first evaluate what they need from the software, then review compatible ERP solution’s abilities, and what those differences between the ERPs will cost you. Some common areas of interest are:

  • Scalability
  • Functionality
  • Available modules/ISVs (product verticals)
  • Implementation and maintenance costs
  • Flexibility of service

There many others things to be considered when choosing a software vendor like whether it’s a complete ERP solution with CRM, Finance, etc. or just a glorified spreadsheet and task manager. With so many ERPs that cater to different industries and levels of need, it is impossible for them to be the same.

The differences between ERPs has been distinguished even further with the inclusion of cloud-based ERPs. Cloud-based solutions are ideal for fast-paced businesses that need an ERP that can update and change as quickly as they do. It is also ideal for professional service companies that have a lot employees that work remotely on the job and need more mobility. Some cloud ERPs, like Acumatica, allow you to deploy the product anyway you need it, whether that is on a public cloud (SaaS), private cloud, or on premise.

Clients First is an expert at implementing  Acumatica, Dynamics AX and Dynamics 365 (which also made it into Nucleus Research's "leader" quadrant). Contact our sales team today by calling 800.331.8382 or emailing Clients First implements and supports clients across the U.S.A. and in 11 countries and counting. Our team of professionals is ready to help implement the best finance and operations solutions for manufacturers, distributors, project-based manufacturers, MRO (maintenance, repair, and overhaul), and professional services.

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