Many mid-market manufacturers are going through approvals for a 2014 ERP selection project. If your organization is one of them, you well know the time it takes to create the ERP project team, as well as to obtain the appropriate resources and executive sponsorship.
Many of our archived blog posts address best practices related to ERP selection. As an example, in our post entitled The ERP Selection To Do List, we make the case that the ERP selection team must share perspectives with the executive sponsor on what’s possible in terms of business process improvement.
Through shared understanding of the problem areas, the entire organization gains an appreciation of potential process improvements that can be achieved with new ERP.
How to Start?
When it comes time for ERP comparison, it can be difficult to know how to proceed. The market is filled with information issued by all the many ERP vendors. Just sorting through that background information can be overwhelming.
We know through our work with our clients that ERP selection is not so straightforward. When assembling the ERP vendor long list, we guide our clients to map out their current and future business strategies that are tied to the “future desired state.” The most relevant ERP vendors are those that offer the features and functions to help achieve that future state.
The key is to take the time, resources and effort to effectively compare and contrast ERP systems.
A Common Trap
One of the more difficult challenges is to get vendors to provide an “apples to apples” comparison.
This is critical for effective ERP selection. Not only do manufacturers have to identify the top ERP systems that can address their needs, they also need to be sure the demos cover the same business processes, comparing similar features and functions to obtain the information for an informed decision.
Many companies fall into the trap of viewing demos that deviate from one to the other, with the vendor leading the charge as to what features and functions are highlighted.
For midmarket companies in particular, the focus should be on the features and functions specifically needed in this industry.
Your Next Step
ERP selection is a lot easier, and more effective, when top vendors come directly to you, and display system features specific to your manufacturing industry.
That’s the idea behind Ultra’s ERP Vendor Webinar Series. Attendees view online “end-to-end” business process demos, plus access archived presentations for on-demand view with selection teams, all from the convenience of their own locations.
The demos showcase eight leading ERP vendors in side-by-side comparisons of standard system features. You’ll see vendors using a standard script, hosted by our team of independent ERP consultants. We guide the conversation, and make sure your time is well spent learning about leading ERP vendors in your industry in “apples to apples” comparison.
Manufacturers can reserve their spot now for this free Online Vendor Series –a must for companies looking to avoid the common trap often associated with ERP comparison.