How to Choose the Right ERP software for Your Business?
Enterprise resource planning or an ERP software is a powerful data management software tool that enables the business to view and share data allowing for the streamlining and automation of essential business activities. It is a myth that ERP is just for the bigger companies, even small businesses can benefit from having an ERP system in place, especially if the system is modular and can grow as the business expands.
There are so many of ERP software solutions available in the market, make sure you follow a step-wise process in selecting the system, and have all the information you need before choosing ERP system.
How do you select the right ERP software?
- Know what you need:
Before selecting an ERP system, take time to analyze and define your business processes and identify all the weak points that can only be improved by an ERP software. Also keep a futuristic approach while selecting an ERP. Scalability is an important factor that the company should look into while selecting an ERP software. Here, the vendor’s ability to provide long time support and solvency to support his own business functions for a long time can be assessed. Ensure this process takes into account, operations all levels of the business, and simultaneous, also consult with the staff, end users and IT to get all relevant details about feature of an ERP will make their everyday tasks easier. This process should produce a list of needs that can be fulfilled by an ERP software and hence, providing a good starting point for identifying a power software solutions for your specific business needs.
- Understand the cost of ERP implementation
Valuation of ERP system should consider not only the optimization of processes but also value-added services, the cost, employee time and the removal or modification of any current process. ERP implementation is not a simple process, and it can become expensive quickly; make sure your business is ready and in need of such a solution. Hidden costs and heavy customization can make the overall costing of the product more expensive.
- ERP Vendor:
The current trend is to treat ERP as a software service, for which you pay to a vendor a specific monthly fee, and they provide the system and the support from a remote server. Make sure you have a vendor who is committed to the product, and make the changes as per business requirement for committed year. There are a few big players in the ERP market who provide a lot of services whereas the smaller vendor may have a solution that better fits your needs for the time but going ahead, it may not be scalable and will not be able to support your business. Take your time to identify vendors that can provide long term support and assistance while not exceeding the costs.
- Customization option:
One of the main benefits of cloud based ERP software is their modular nature, allowing businesses to optimize and customize software to their particular needs. However, many businesses fall into the trap of purchasing many customization options that they don’t need and paying for them without ever utilizing the full potential. Stick to your list of needs, and be wary of customization options that are “nice to have.”
An ERP software maximizes the productivity of the team, gives more visibility to the management, human resources, payroll and internal accounting, increasing speed, reducing the potential for errors and automating a variety of tasks. Take a time to consider the above factors, you can select an option that will save your business time and money, and helping your business grow to the next level. For more details on how will an ERP software help you, SMS SAGE to 56767 or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org