ERP Process: Selection Made Simple

In the early 90’s, shifting from different softwares to a unified system which was the ERP posted a lot of problems for many companies. Many were not really ready for such a huge change. After all, people were used to doing what they have been doing for long. Although this worked for many, the advantages of shifting to ERP proved too great that many eventually adapted the use of it. But before selecting an ERP, there are simple steps to follow to make sure that the selected ERP is really useful.

There are seven steps which are very simple but are vital in the ERP Process. The first one is strategic planning, which lays the groundwork for the ERP process. An organization should have a sound plan for implementation and ERP selection. The second step is Readiness Assessment which is crucial in the successful implementation of ERP. Is the organization ready in terms of budget and workforce? The third step is preparing to select a vendor. One must not only consult with one vendor since there are so many out there. Pricing must be matched well with the ability to deliver an ERP system that works well with the needs of the organization. Next step is eventually selecting a vendor. After evaluation of the ERP systems proposed by different vendors and assessing which works best in terms of budget and the existing functions of the company, final vendor selection comes next. 

The fifth step is planning the implementation which includes working with the would-be-users which are the employees. Next to the final step is the actual ERP implementation. This will test how well it works. After the final implementation, comes the most crucial part which is the post implementation assessment. It includes testing whether the system was beneficial for the company.