Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Evaluating Your Needs

Evaluating your needs:

Buying an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution requires that you understand the potential solutions and equally as important is understanding the real business needs of your organization.

ERP software is often grouped in modules with each designed around either a department, such as Finance which would include General Ledger, Accounts Receivables, and Accounts Payable, or business function, such as procurement or manufacturing. 

It is easy to get lost in features and functions and loose site of business processes.  A good solution will identify and address your business challenges.  Are you simply interested in addressing your current operations or are you looking forward enough to include additional capabilities that will enhance your competitiveness.  For example are you including integrating Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Ecommerce?  Not just tying these modules in, but having them fully integrated. 

Are you incorporating a new business process?  Are you interested in streamlining existing operations to become more competitive or achieve a higher level of excellence?  There are a lot of very good solutions and solution providers available today, but that does not mean they are a good choice for your business. 

What technology is the proposed solution utilizing?  In today's global economy it may not do much for business if your solution relies on unstable hardware or software or cannot communicate effectively with your supply chain, employees, and customers.

Buying an ERP solution requires an in-depth analysis of your current operations and business processes.  The typical function/feature demo is impractical today.  Has the ERP solution ever been used in your industry with success or will you be the trail blazer?  Where will the Return on Investment (ROI) be calculated?  What is the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)? 

What changes a good solution to a great solution?  The solution delivers substantial process improvements.  Fits your budget and has a reasonable ROI.  Addresses the top most business challenges.  Fits your technical landscape. Provides the functionality to deliver the business results.

Contact us today for more information on how Dolvin can work with your team to define and understand your needs.

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