Selecting a manufacturing ERP system can be a lengthy, time-consuming process that often involves many people from different departments. Sometimes this process results in closed-door decision-making between the selection team and management. It may be easier to take this approach and only divulge details to a select few, but this can backfire and become a source of resistance among other employees.
While good communication is among the top success factors to consider when selecting and implementing an ERP system, it is often one of the most overlooked. How can you prevent this?Read More
When you decide to move to a new ERP software or upgrade your existing ERP system, you are doing more than just getting new software. You are essentially re-engineering your organization-- from processes to procedures to management. This is why it is so critical to choose the right vendor/reseller.Read More
Adequate time and resources (people and financial) are essential to an ERP project.
Your ERP Project Needs Adequate Personnel
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. And, let'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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More