How To Select the Right ERP System

    11/9/22 10:00 AM

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    A big decision that you want to get right

    If your company is thinking about getting or actively evaluating new ERP software, then you’re probably in a quandary about how to balance priorities and needs. Selecting the right ERP system for your company means finding one that’s not the most basic, not the most complex, not the cheapest, not the most expensive…. you get the picture. It can be tough to determine which one is a perfect fit. And to complicate matters, an ERP solution is typically a generational decision. Ideally, your company will use it for decades to come, so choosing the best ERP means being able to extract benefits from it now and way down the road.

    I have worked with all sorts of companies over the past 20+ years that are trying to select the right ERP system. Some have done a really good job of thoughtfully evaluating the software; and some, not so much. And a job well done doesn’t necessarily mean the company chooses Infor, our preferred platform. I want a company to make a well-thought-out, deliberate, and educated decision that leads it to an ERP system that is right for its needs. Sometimes that is one of our solutions; sometimes it isn’t. What is difficult to see is when a company selects an ERP because it is the cheapest, the coolest, the most robust, etc.

    So, how do you avoid a bad decision and select the right ERP system?

    How to Select ERP

     

    Educate yourself

    When making major purchases in your personal life, I am guessing that you do your research and educate yourself. Whether it is a car, house, or refrigerator, you probably spend time learning as much as you can about the item. Not so that you become the expert in what you are buying, but so that you position yourself to learn more through the buying process. That is how you make the right decision.

    Luckily, we have quite a collection of content to help you select the right ERP system. These resources are not meant to guide you toward one of our Infor ERP solutions, but rather to educate you on the process and features, so you can choose the best fit for your company.

    Some suggested articles

    Just getting started? The following content can help build a case for changing ERP systems:

    A Guide to Developing an ERP Strategy

    Why You Need Manufacturing ERP Software

    ERP Evaluation & Comparison: A Guide for Switching Systems

    How to Run an Exhaustive ERP Comparison

    The Top Benefits of ERP According to Industry Professionals

    What is the #1 Manufacturing ERP? (Hint, there is no #1)

    The Incomplete List of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Benefits & Advantages

    If you are looking to dive a little deeper into evaluation-specific content, check out these blogs:

    ERP Evaluation: 4 Questions to Ask to get the Right System

    Why You Need an ERP Selection Scorecard to Properly Evaluate an ERP Solution

    Why Top 10 ERP Lists Are Worthless

    Top 6 Evaluation Criteria for ERP Product Selection

    ERP for Small Manufacturers: Top Considerations

    3 Questions to Ask During an ERP Evaluation

    The Right & Wrong Ways to Run Your ERP System Demo Process

    Want to look at things from an industry perspective? Check out these blogs:

     Discrete Manufacturing Systems: High-Level Requirements

    ERP Requirements for Sign Manufacturers

    ERP Software Requirements for Make-to-Order vs. Make-to-Stock

    ERP Software for SMBs: A Guide

    How to Select Discrete Manufacturing ERP Software

    Engineer-to-Order ERP Software – An Executive Summary

    Aerospace & Defense ERP Software: 10 Unique Features You Need

    Project-Based Manufacturing Software: How to Find the Right Fit

    ERP for Manufacturers in the Aerospace Industry

    How Infor ERP Helps Assemble-to-Order Manufacturers

     The Best ERP for Medical Device Manufacturers

    Need help selecting the right ERP?

    No matter where you are in your evaluation journey, it is important to select the right ERP system. Want to bounce some ideas off someone with decades of ERP experience? Click here to sign up for a free phone consultation with Jack Shannon, our in-house expert who is not a salesperson.

    Visual South typically works with companies that manufacture something. These companies are experts in their products, but not experts in implementing ERP—and that is why they come to us. Our team can guide you through a successful implementation of ERP solutions for your company, and be a valued resource for years to come.

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    Bryan Foshee

    Written by Bryan Foshee

    Bryan is a Regional Manager at Visual South and has been working with the company since 2002. Prior to that, he was a consultant and implemented SAP in manufacturing, distribution, and service industries.