ERP vendors are continually improving their products with new features. In past years the focus has been on adding application function such as manufacturing planning, quality management, engineering application, and CRM. Recently the focus has changed from function to ease of use features. At Ultra we noticed a couple of years ago that ERP
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When a company considers acquiring a new ERP system, they often struggle with clearly defining the evaluation criteria. Ultra Consulting advises clients’ to start with five basic criteria: Function fit Technology Company Support Cost The internal ERP evaluation team will expand this list as they progress through the
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
In the last few years we have seen two different implementation methodologies emerge. When buying a new ERP system you should make sure you understand the methodology proposed by the vendor or re-seller and its pro’s and con’s. The first methodology is the Traditional methodology since it has been around from the early 1980’s. This methodology
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 Also, many of the lists are generic and out of date.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
Can ERP Projects generate a business case? Not only can they, but they must. I treat the business case different than most. In the past the business case has been used to justify the project to management or the Board of Directors (BOD). It has been used to get the money. In my view the business case becomes the project driver. It becomes the
The most difficult step in business process improvement is the development of the future state. It requires an understanding of the weaknesses in the current process, and an understanding of what is possible with improved technology. Ultra facilitates a BPI workshop with the key stakeholders of the business process. Let’s recap how we got to this
The recommendation I hear most from business users that have gone through an ERP implementation is “educate, educate, educate”. I believe this is an important activity in any business process improvement project. Often I see companies rush into improvement projects with little or no experience in process best practices. How can you develop a
Business information process mapping is an important step in business process improvement, but it can become a complex and difficult activity. Before you began to map processes, your team needs to agree on what mapping tool you will use. There are many mapping tools available. The most well known tool is Visio from Microsoft. If you do a Google
Many companies start a selection project by asking the users what they need in a new system. This approach will miss key requirements needed for the business to succeed with its business plan. The business needs to be sure the business strategy is input and linked to the information technology strategy. A new ERP system is one of the components
The process of implementing a continuous business process improvement culture in manufacturing companies. is one of the most effective approaches we've seen when it comes to enterprise technology projects Some of you are in companies that have been on this journey of continuous improvement for years. You are already into lean manufacturing and
Takeaway: More and more companies are turning to enterprise resource planning to replace obsolete processes and improve business performance. Information systems expert Jeffrey Carr offers some insights that will help you plan and implement a successful ERP solution. More and more companies are turning to enterprise resource planning to replace