For extracting the most out of your ERP, it needs to be flexible and robust enough to fit right in with your enterprise needs. That’s why ERP systems come in myriad configurations, also making it difficult to make a selection right off the cuff. Another reason you should invest a lot of effort in selecting an ERP system is that making a switch later on is an extremely time-consuming and costly exercise.
Here’s what to take care of when selecting an ERP system:
- Include all stakeholders: Your ERP selection team should not consist only of administrators and IT managers, but also functional teams that will actually be using the system to solve business problems. Right from accounting, distribution, HR, procurement, relationship management, etc., inputs from every department need to be taken to make sure the system will help everyone get productive.
- Proper integration: You already have some systems in place, like attendance management, content management, and others. When selecting an ERP system, you need to ensure that integration is easy and seamless, so that cross-functional efficiency is improved.
- Ease of use: Presentation matters, especially when it comes to overseeing the company function with the help of your new ERP system. Make sure it is responsive and easy to use.
- Vendor reputation: As with everything in enterprise solutions, you can’t afford a vendor who is unable to provide ongoing, detailed level of support for the ERP system. Dig deep and find out more about the vendor’s expertise, customer base, etc., and only then sign the deal.
Selecting a system as crucial and fundamental as an ERP can never be important enough. Follow these steps and make sure you make the right long-term decision.