Engaging in Enterprise Resource Planning or ERP is quite a great endeavor for the company. Not only does it require money it is not easy to implement the ERP system too. The company would have to make employees change their way of doing things. They would have to learn new things and adapt to the new system. And most of all, the implementation of the system would require the implementation of the software which would run the whole ERP system.
A company usually wouldnt have enough knowhow and skills within. Although they have great people running the current independent IT systems of their departments, it would take specialists to know exactly how to go about the transformation to the total implementation of the ERP system. Most of the time, it would be more cost effective to hire ERP vendors to help them implement things.
Each ERP vendor may have its own processes and systems on how they would do the implementation. So its really imperative for the company to assess how they are doing things at the moment before hiring an ERP vendor. Then they should pick the ERP vendor that is mostly aligned to their structure.
ERP vendors will help the company in almost every step of the way. They will serve as consultants in the planning and preparation process. They will help the company in the customization stage of the ERP system. And then they will be there for maintenance and support. While the company, of course, must do its share of the work the ERP vendor will be there guide and aid them from start to full implementation of the ERP system.