Friday, June 29, 2012

Someone Else Understands the Process of Selecting an ERP Solution

It is refreshing to read another source note the important selection points of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution.  This forum cannot address every aspect for every option for every organization.  Each business has its own drivers.  Two companies that are alike may struggle in different areas, so their needs will be different. 


The process to determine the need remains the constant.

Drive ERP Success: (click the link to download your copy of the three page PDF document)

“When ERP projects succeed, businesses usually see value from two sources:  1. Automation of streamlined processes and 2. An ability to make more effective data-driven decisions.  Achieving this success starts with choosing the right solution for your business.  This white paper gives your manufacturing or distribution business specific tips to get the most out of an ERP system.”


·         Justify the business need for the solution:
  • Build a business case for ERP.
  • Define your business requirements.
  • Readiness check for your organization.

 ·         Drive ERP Success: 
  • Build the right team.
  • Avoid canned solutions.
  • Due diligence is your responsibility.

The article is three pages, a quick read, and certainly not designed to answer all of your questions.  It should actually make you start thinking about questions to ask.  Paramount is that you need a trusted advisor to help you through the self evaluation, selection and implementation process.

For success you need to take a team approach, find solutions that match your challenges and ensure that the solution actually matches your company’s culture.  For example, there may be two “equal” solutions, yet one requires eight steps to ship a complete order and another requires five.  The extra steps in one solution may give you greater audit and observability in the process, but it might also be overkill for your needs and the extra steps will drive down efficiencies not increase them.  Both work, which one works for you?

Dolvin Consulting works.  We work with manufacturers, distributors and specialty retailers to help them analyze their computer operations and implement ERP solutions to streamline their operations to reduce costs and become more profitable.  Your team, our team, one solution.  Contact us today to see how we can help you be more efficient. 

We are not here to tell you how to run your business.  You already know how to do that.  We are here to help you select the right tools to better manage your resources.



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