Two guides discuss how to whittle down your ERP shortlist

Categories: Acumatica Cloud ERP, Cloud, ERP, Replace old software
February 21, 2018

The right ERP system can position your business for success. The wrong one can hold your organization back, swamping employees and end users with laborious manual work and inefficient processes that prevent them from informing the decisions of business leaders. Knowing that the ERP decision, deployment, and implementation process is one of the most complex tasks that a company can complete, it pays to do it right the first time, so that you aren’t having this discussion in two years.

In our last article, we discussed how to identify when it’s time to make a move to a new ERP system and how to decide whether the cloud is right for you, and today, we would like to share with you some insider knowledge on narrowing down your list of potential vendors and selecting an ERP software that fits your needs.

How to find an ERP solution that fits your business needs

Many ERP systems are similar—offering similar benefits, features, and functionality, but as they say, “the devil is in the details.” With so many moving parts in ERP, a single function can save tens of hours each week for some organizations while missing a feature imperative to others.

These small differences add up, and over time, departments will weigh in on what they need and how to provide it to them with the ERP solution that meets their needs. From here, you need to weigh the pros and cons they present in order to make an informed decision. This is why we would like to share with you this guide, How to Find Out What ERP Best Fits Your Needs, designed to help you weed out incorrect fits and choose the option best for your business. This guide will help you to assess an ERP system for the following five promises:

  • Functionality: Does it fit the usability needs of your industry and business?
  • Product maturity: Does it have a track record of reliability?
  • Software provider: Are they a stable company that will be around for the long haul?
  • Community: Is there a community consisting of implementation and consulting partners, satisfied users, as well as user groups, discussion threads, and conferences?
  • Truth in advertising: Are you being low-balled into accepting an inferior product?

Get more information on making a smarter ERP decision by downloading How to find out what ERP best fits your needs for free.

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10 tips for smarter ERP selection

You’re not the only one who thinks your business is the best at what it does. Your potential ERP vendor does as well. While many are happy to say that they are the best at what they do, as we said before, the right solution for one company might not be the right solution for yours. The Acumatica guide, 10 Tips for Smarter ERP Selection shares the ten most important things you need to consider when evaluating vendors, sharing with you how to:

  • Know the big issues
  • Make a list and check it twice
  • Focus
  • Zero in
  • Recognize that easy-to-use is not a cliché
  • Get the full price
  • Check references
  • Control the demo
  • Not be penny wise and pound foolish
  • Put your “A” team on the project

Learn more about narrowing down your list with the free Acumatica guide, 10 Tips for Smarter ERP Selection.

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The decision is yours: Get expert advice from NexTec

While you can’t hang your hat on two guides, these are good starting points as you look to narrow down your list of vendors from ten to two to one. As you make the move to select your next ERP vendor, the most important thing to remember is this: avoid the hype. If you have any questions during your ERP journey, we welcome you to contact us with any questions that may arise.