Whether you are looking for a new enterprise resource planning system or are looking to purchase your first one, there are specific elements you need to look for. Your ERP system allows you to collect, store, manage and interpret data from a variety of business activities. Through this data, you can improve your processes, plan products, and increase/manage your manufacturing and service delivery. Without an ERP system, you could be looking money, productivity, and other critical resources. However, choosing the wrong ERP system can be just as detrimental. As you begin the search for a new system, here are a few things to keep in mind:
One of the biggest things you need to look for in an ERP system is functionality. Before setting out to find the system, make a list of functions you absolutely need and the functions you would like to see. Only after you know what you need should you actually start looking. This will help you quickly determine which systems fit with your organizations and which do not.
While cost may not be as large of a concern for you, it is important to understand the total cost of the system. Aside from the initial fees for software, hardware, and products, what other costs are associated with this particular tool? How much will it cost to train your team or employees? How much will it cost to have service or help when you run into a roadblock? How much will it cost to have the company or a third party actually install the necessary software? These are the costs that you need to be aware of before making any commitments.
If you are selecting a new system, then you need to select one that will allow you to easily transition to the new interfaces and tools offered in the system. For those purchasing an ERP system for the first time, it would be in your best interest to learn how easily it will be to learn the functionality of the system and how easily your team will be able to train on it. Training can cost money and time, so be sure you not only have the resources, but are willing to spend the resources.
Something else you need to be aware before changing or purchasing your ERP system is the service you receive after purchasing. If you run into a software issue or the tools you need stop functioning, how will the company you purchased from support you? Do they have a help desk? Can they help your remotely or on-site? Look into these types of things before actually making a purchase.
Are you looking to integrate an ERP system or change to a new system? Diverse Tech Service can help you find the right solution and implement it into your business processes, improvement, and functions. For more information, contact us at 317-524-5700.