As your company grows, the traditional software that ran your business will become inefficient. You will find that simple desktop software is simply not enough. Depending on the type of business you own, it’s important to consider the type of applications and features that are best suited for your business needs.
If you are in a vertical industry, you need to carefully consider whether you should purchase an off-the-shelf application or buy an application customized for your industry.
Many medium-sized and large businesses rely on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software to ensure they can manage and integrate data from the various areas of their companies. ERP applications bring together data from accounting, marketing, human resources, business intelligence, customer service, manufacturing, e-commerce and more. The larger a business grows, the more important it is for top management to have insight into the entire company and its operations. ERP also helps manage corporate assets—personnel, financial matters and physical inventory.
If you’re ready for ERP, here are some things to consider before selecting a specific application:
· Why do you want to upgrade to ERP? What are the pains or needs you have and what solutions do you expect?
· Will you need to change your business processes? Consider how the ERP system will need to be configured to ensure that your business processes and the ERP system are compatible.
· Carefully review the vendors and consultants who will be implementing the ERP system.
· Make sure you build in plenty of time for training your staff to use the new software.
· Can you roll out the ERP system in increments and test it along the way?
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