Welcome to ERP Selection Help.
We understand that selecting a new Enterprise Resource Planning system is probably one of the most difficult things you will do in your professional career. It is a project that is filled with many potential obsticals and also periods of great excitement. An ERP selection project has many variables and moving parts. Most variable of which is the ERP Vendors.
It is our goal at ERP Selection Help to help clear up the selection process and provide useful information and resources to assist you in making an informed choice.
A typical ERP selection project can run from a few weeks to several months. During this time several things will occur. (There are variations to this process, but this is often how it proceeds.) First will be the review of internal requirements. Second will be the broad review of potential vendors to be included in the ERP Selection. This is where you develop your “long list” of vendors. Once you develop your list of potential software vendors, often people send out a Request for Information. This ERP Selection stage is where you can narrow down your list to a set of vendors who seem to meet your needs. Once you have done this, you often will hold a first meeting with these vendors. This is where you each become more familiar with one another. At this time a demo is set for a few weeks out. Then you demo with 2 or 3 vendors to provide you with a best overview of their software and how it would work at your unique business. Once the demos are complete, the leading two vendors then provide price quotes for the software, the implementation services and any warranty or service level agreements. Then the negotiations begin. Finally after a period of discussions an agreement is reached and a winning vendor is selected. This completes the selection process. This is a significant milestone for the ERP Selection, but only preliminary to the bigger project, the ERP implementation.
Over the next few weeks we will be adding informative articles to assist you in managing your erp selection and evaluation. Please bookmark our site and return again soon.
There are a number of resources on the web for understanding Enterprise Resource Planning systems. We will be providing these resources to you as our site develops.
One of the first places you should look to in screening potential ERP Vendors is http://www.softwareadvice.com They provide a free service to help you find the vendors that are a best fit to your needs. This is an amazing service that saves so much time and energy.