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Thursday, August 02, 2018

The fifth rule of an ERP selection project: Focus on your requirements before looking at vendors

Instead of jumping right into researching different ERP systems, it's smart to first focus on problems and solutions. What inefficiencies/problems/issues are you trying to address with a new ERP? What ERP features and capabilities do you need?

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

The fourth rule of an ERP selection project: Pick the right team for the job

Assembling a highly productive team is absolutely essential to the success of any ERP project, which requires building an effective team structure and choosing the right members. Whether you are a small or large organization, you should fill the following roles: leaders, project managers, project champions and cross-functional members.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The third rule of an ERP software project: Devote enough time and resources

Adequate time and resources (people and financial) are essential to an ERP project.

Let's begin with the people. While it would be great if your employees could successfully complete ERP selection and implementation project tasks on top of their regular workload, it isn't realistic (in most cases). In the selection stages, auditing your processes, researching systems, contacting vendors and viewing product demos can take up a lot of time. Andlet's face it, too heavy of a workload leads to missed deadlines, which leads to extending go-live dates, which leads to increased costs, which leads to unhappy management and potential ERP project failure. 

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Second rule of an ERP software search: If you don't know about ERP, find someone who does

If you've been tasked with researching ERP for your company, hopefully you know a little about it. If you don't, just seeing the results of a simple ERP web search can even be overwhelming. An ERP system will impact your entire organization, so if you don't know ERP, your best bet is to find someone who does to help you out

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The first rule of beginning an ERP software search: Audit your current processes and practices

Before you start looking for a new ERP system, it's important to truly understand your business. Getting a new system and automating the same old inefficient processes and practices won't serve you well, so getting to know what works, what doesn't and where to improve is crucial.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Top ERP Selection Criteria

A few years ago, hundreds of companies who recently purchased ERP systems were surveyed as part of a study. This study, performed by Deloitte & Touche, asked respondents to name the top criteria they used for their ERP selection.

What made this study different from others was that they tallied up those who were buying their first system separately from businesses buying their second- to see if experience changed purchasing criteria. And it did! 

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Your company needs an ERP system. Where do you start? Part IV

A Four-Part Series that will take you through the basics of evaluating and selecting the right ERP system for your organization.

Part IV: Check Vendor References, Schedule Final Demos & Make the Decision 

The next steps of your manufacturing erp selection process includes checking references, scheduling final demos and making a decision.

After paring down your top ERP vendor list, make sure to get vendor references with full contact information. If the vendor is reluctant to provide references, keep asking. Some vendors will try to control the reference calls, but you should make the calls at your discretion, on your timetable and without the participation of the vendor. 

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Your company needs an ERP system. Where do you start? Part III

A Four-Part Series that will take you through the basics of evaluating and selecting the right manufacturing ERP system for your organization.

Part III: Start Your Vendor Search & Schedule Demos

Armed with your goals and some basic performance metrics on your business, you can now begin your search for an ERP vendor. A good place to start is asking your partners or suppliers for referrals. You could also hire a Selection Consultant who knows about your industry. Or, if you are a to "do-it-yourself-er," go to your preferred search engine and begin searching for ERP products by using keywords such as “manufacturing ERP software” and “manufacturing business software.”

Another place to look online is a software evaluation website such as www.technologyevaluation.com. Ideally, you should initially choose 5 to 10 vendors that you believe have an ERP software system to address your needs.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Your company needs an ERP system. Where do you start? Part II

 

Part II of a four-part series that will take you through the basics of evaluating and selecting the right manufacturing ERP system for your organization.

Part II: Define Your Business Issues & Set Your Objectives

The second step of evaluating and selecting the right Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system for your organization is to define the business issues that your company needs to solve, and then set your objectives. In this step, you aren’t listing what you want the software to do, you are listing what you want your organization to achieve by implementing a new ERP System.  

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Your company needs an ERP system. Where do you start?

A Four-Part Series that will take you through the basics of evaluating and selecting the right manufacturing ERP system for your organization.

Part I: Get Executive Buy-In & Form an ERP Selection Committee

For most successful ERP Implementation Projects, getting off to a good start is key. But before you even begin thinking about which ERP systems you want to research, you should have executive buy-in. Without it, you are destined for disappointment- you’ll spend a lot of your time and the time of others, while the project goes nowhere. We've seen many manufacturing companies take this route, only to be told ‘NO’ by ownership when it was time to purchase.

Check out #4 on the list in the whitepaper How to Start Down the ERP Selection Path for more tips on creating an ERP Selection Team.

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