4 Tips for ERP Evaluation Businesses Should Use

ERP Evaluation Strategies

Consider all of the tangible items that you utilize on a regular basis for work. Things like the network, storage, software, hardware, process systems and so on. It can be a lot to handle, but for a business to be successful those areas must be monitored, reviewed, and adjusted as needed. In the digital world of global business, a lag in resources can lead to lost business.

That’s why an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution can be so important. ERP can be a comprehensive topic but here we’re going to look at four ways that you can conduct an ERP evaluation.

1. Establish Focus
A true ERP evaluation can encompass numerous departments, systems, people, and processes. Because of this, the data gathered can be almost as overwhelming as the sheer number of components of the evaluation. Because of this, it’s a good idea to go into an ERP evaluation with a clear idea of what you are looking to achieve. This doesn’t mean go in with the mindset that “I want to prove…” because inevitably you will prove that, whether the facts support it or not.

Instead, perform an evaluation under the pretense of “I want to discover…” This will help you cull through the data you uncover to solve a specific problem. For many companies, it’s much easier to work at systems issues one “problem” at a time as opposed to trying to overall multiple areas at once. This can be expensive and disruptive.

2. Look Elsewhere
It’s very easy in any evaluation to get hung up on what works and what doesn’t in regards to your business. While that’s important, it doesn’t provide you the complete picture of what’s possible. For example, you need to do X but your system does not do that. Is that a function of your system or a function of all systems in your business sector?

To understand how robust your systems may or may not be, you have to evaluate them as well as other, competitor systems. It’s not in an attempt to prove one is superior over the other but to get an apples-to-apples comparison over what’s possible.

3. An Independent ERP Evaluation

ERP Evaluation Strategies

The most honest evaluation will be one done with no particular bias towards the results. This doesn’t mean of course that someone would complete the evaluation dishonestly. What it does mean is that if someone is vested in a system or process (perhaps they are a legacy user, they helped develop a process, or they pushed for the purchase), their opinion will be…clouded. In turn, an outside evaluator will be able to come in and offer an unbiased assessment of the areas being evaluated.

4. Experience is Key
A true ERP evaluation should cover multiple factors in its’ findings. Not only that, but it should provide a comprehensive roadmap for where to go next. An experienced evaluator can ensure that these areas are covered evenly, as they have the time and understanding to help decode the business needs from the system possibilities and limitations.

ERP can be an expansive topic and for many companies, it can be a tough one to grasp. it doesn’t have to be though. When you’re ready to discuss your business’s concerns and needs, 3Si2 be ready to listen.

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