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Thursday, April 15, 2010

ERP Myth or Reality?

Selecting a Manufacturing ERP Software System is just another IT Manager Decision.

It’s a Myth! Successful ERP initiatives start with the right foundation. An evaluation and decision-making structure that recognizes that ERP vendor selection is actually three decisions blended into one:

- A technical decision, based mostly on what happens at the end-user level, as well as with the IT team. Includes issues like “platform” and “integration” and “customization”.

- An operational decision, based on what the company does to fulfill customer orders.

- The ERP system must adapt easily to the customer/product/service mix, and do it without extensive or expensive modifications.

- A business decision, based on the anticipated return on investment (ROI). ERP system functionality, pricing, and vendor support capabilities vary widely, and over- or underbuying, or choosing the wrong implementation partner, can reduce ROI and consume resources otherwise available to expand the enterprise.

How to Start Down the ERP Selection Path: Seven rules to follow before you even start looking for a vendor


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