Once you have identified your list of vendors you need to lay out your plan for evaluating ERP vendors via an ERP comparison process. Earlier this year, I published two different blogs: one on examining current processes, and one on defining the future state. If you follow this approach, you will have developed enough information to define your
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In this age of the Internet, identifying vendors should be easy. A Google search on the term “ERP Vendors” identifies 1,490,000 hits. Hmm… maybe not so easy. The problem is that there are way too many lists, and way too many choices. Also, many of the lists are generic and out of date. As a buyer, you want to find the 5 or 6 vendors that are
In our previous blog covering the business process improvements, we covered the need to document the business case. Why did we ever decide to take on this monumental task with so much risk? This thought usually occurs several months into the project and can be debilitating to a project team. It is important to take time to define the details both
According to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) Guide, the purpose of this Project Management Process Group, the "Closing Group" is to conclude all activities across the groups and to formally complete the project, phase, or contractual obligations. There are two main processes in this Project Management Process group – the close
Many of our blog posts address the technical aspects of an ERP project plan. We often make the case that a manufacturer can achieve significant business results when guided carefully through a step-by-step ERP software evaluation and implementation project plan. Important considerations include following a well-structured methodology, utilizing
The manufacturing companies we talk to are pressured to balance ERP selection and business process improvement initiatives against challenging production schedules, customer demands and workloads. A company about to embark on an ERP journey has many choices. Management may elect to walk that ERP journey alone, or they may see the value of
When it comes to examples of ERP success, our team can point to several previous engagements. A case in point is our engagement with Radio Flyer, a company known to most as the makers of “the original little red wagon.” The relationship between Radio Flyer and Ultra was forged when Radio Flyer realized a familiar dilemma − they did not have an
The manufacturing companies we talk to are pressured to balance ERP system selection and business process improvement initiatives against challenging production schedules, customer demands and workloads. A company about to embark on an ERP journey has many choices. Management may elect to walk that ERP journey alone, or they may see the value of