In the last decade Ultra Consultants have worked with over 100 clients who were seeking new ERP systems. During that period we talked to many more companies that were about to embark on the ERP journey.
Some of these companies elected to walk that ERP journey alone, and others decided they needed a guide for the journey. Based on these experiences, I want to offer a number of reasons why companies decide to use an ERP consultant.
Five Reasons to Hire an ERP Consultant
- ERP Knowledge – Many companies do not have “ERP currency” within their company. In these cases they want to hire a consultant that has recent ERP experience.
- Impartial Advice – An outsider with no vested interest in the team decisions can be a great aid to the team in their decision deliberations.
- Knowledge of ERP Vendors – The ERP landscape can be very confusing. The number of vendors plus the number of re-sellers in the industry is very large. It will take any company significant effort to identify and study the players to form an accurate plan. An ERP consultant that knows the vendors knows the re-sellers, and their market strengths can be invaluable in keeping the team on course, reducing effort, and helping the team reach their goal in the shortest period.
- Project Methodology – A good ERP consultant is a guide that has a path for the team to follow. That path is a methodology. It is based on experience with dozens of projects. The path is designed to get the team to its goal in the shortest period of time, but allow the team to be educated to perform their due diligence in their evaluations. The guide also has to know the best way to engage multiple vendors and consultants in the most efficient manner.
- Decision Criteria – An experienced consultant brings to the project experiences, knowledge, and decisions made by other client teams. The sum of these experiences and decisions allow the consultant to help the client team form a comprehensive decision criteria table.
An effective ERP consultant makes the team more efficient and guides the team through effective evaluation on the most direct course to completion.