Growing businesses often face the decision of whether to
Here are seven insights to help guide you through the ERP decision process and choose the right ERP system for your firm:
- Start by understanding your needs. What are the pain points in your current system? What do you hope to achieve by upgrading
- Do your research. There are many different ERP systems available, so it's important to compare features and pricing.
- Talk to other businesses. Get feedback from businesses that have already implemented ERP.
- Consider your budget. ERP systems can be expensive, so it's important to factor in the cost of implementation and maintenance. ***If the pricing seems too good to be true, it is. And if it feels like they’re pressuring you, they are. Dramatic discounts can draw you in (it’s a widely used and successful tactic of ERP vendors), but when that short-term discounted contract ends, pricing can jump by as much as 70%.
- Think about the future. Choose a system that can grow with your business. New features shouldn’t require jumping through new hoops. The cloud can bring you faster, easier, more affordable access to the latest technologies, but that’s not the case with every cloud solution. Updates should happen seamlessly without disrupting your business.
- Get buy-in from all stakeholders. Make sure everyone in the business is on board with the decision to upgrade.
- Plan for implementation. ERP implementations can be complex, so it's important to have a plan in place. Ask what implementation will look like and if you’ll be forced to go through it alone. Some vendors want to put numbers in front of you, get your signature, and leave without fully understanding what you need. Make sure you’re getting a partner, not just a proposal.
Following these insights can help you make the best decision for your business. Remember, ERP is a long-term investment, so it's important to choose a system that will meet your needs for years to come.
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