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How to Choose the Best ERP System for Your Business

Guest Contributor on Dec 14, 2017 8:04:00 AM

ERP.jpgPrime Advantage has invited industry experts to share insights on achieving manufacturing and business success. In this post, consultant Emily Roberts explains what companies should consider when seeking to best manage processes and data across an organization.

ERP or enterprise resource planning is an important part of a modern business. It helps to connect a variety of business practices, including accounting, project management, and manufacturing by putting them in one system.

This system then allows the information to be transferred more easily from list to list, helping to reduce the likelihood that information will be listed twice. There are different styles and forms of ERPs, however, so when selecting one for your business, there are some things to keep in mind.

Versatile?

When choosing an ERP system to use for your business applications, it is important to consider how versatile the system is. If your business were to grow and change rapidly, would the system be able to adapt with the business?

If you think the business is going to grow in a certain direction, be prepared to change your system. Another thing to consider is if the program can be used on a mobile device. That is something that is becoming increasingly common in all business applications and should also extend to ERP business applications.

Vendor?

Another important thing to consider when choosing an ERP system is the vendors themselves. The first step is to make sure you know exactly what you are looking for. Once you have that, choose some vendors to look at more closely. Reach out to other companies who have had experience with the suppliers you’re examining or seek vendors that have been vetted by a group purchasing organization. This will help you know if this is the right company and the right program for you and your business.

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Useable?

While you are going to need to train people on your new system, it is important that you chose one that is usable. If your clients are going to be accessing it, they should be able to find what they need, and at least some members of your staff should be able to use it as well. If no one can figure out how to use that ERP, it might not be right for your business. Do not be afraid to look around at the various options. Find the one that works best for your company’s needs.

Platform?

It is critical to choose the correct platform for your business as well. You can use a cloud or internet platform, a platform that stores your data on-site, or a combination of the two. Many experts recommend the hybrid system because the information is accessible both online and offline, while also allowing your information to be backed up again. When deciding what platform to use, consult with your ERP provider. On-site and cloud both have several disadvantages, but there are advantages as well.

Choosing the best ERP software for your business is an important part of the business in the modern era. There are several things to take into consideration, from the platform, the vendor, the usability of the site, and how versatile it is. Taken all together, these pieces will help you make the decision that is right for your business and your customers.

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