The decision to implement an ERP solution is often considered as an end in itself. But on the contrary, it introduces you to another tricky situation – The phase of deciding a vendor to implement an ERP solution. As a result, you search online, fetch options by scanning vendor websites and speak to sales guys and still remain clueless. Apparently, strong online presence may not always lead you to a perfect ERP solution.
With huge investments involved and lack of technological expertise, you look forward to some clear ways to help you decide a vendor who fulfils your requirements, the most.
So here’s a checklist to help you decide on one:
Define Business Requirements
Deciding an ERP solution for Manufacturing requires an extensive modeling of your own business processes and requirements. Not all ERP Solutions are meant for all kinds of businesses.
As a discrete manufacturer, you may be making a product like many others, yet with a different method. Similarly, one ERP solution cannot fit in the wide range of methods opted by businesses. Hence, a large number of ERP vendors exist.
While selecting an ERP solution, do not just land up on the cheapest or the most convenient one and expect easy customizations to fit your unique needs. In fact, customizations turn out to be complex and require in-depth knowledge, for which you’d look forward to outside expertise. Customization must ideally be reserved for essential changes only. Hence, identify tasks, jobs, workflows thoroughly with a business process modeling exercise and then assess whether this relates to and is supported by an ERP system.
Seek Long-Term Solution
An ERP system must grow with your company and business plans. It must accommodate the changing requirements over the years, in terms of the scale of operation and technological changes. History is the best future predictor.
Identify vendors involved in the early adoption of technology and development of responsive solutions, who support anytime, anywhere access. Consider a solution to the adoption of sound manufacturing principles instead of the one which sizzles and lacks substance.
Calculate Return on Investment
Return on Investments remains one of most defining criteria to select an ERP solution. An ideal ERP solution must keep you away from transition worries, ensure a faster setup and quick adoption of new processes. And importantly, which helps you significantly improve operations.
All these can be ensured with a foolproof solution backed by effective implementation support. With OptiProERP, you can count on proven implementation support offered round-the-clock, to ensure value enhancement for your business along with optimal utilization of resources.
Streamline Production Schedules
The ability to efficiently schedule and track operations on the shop floor is a perennial challenge. A constant production scheduling function requires a sophisticated production module which can integrate with your processes, track and plan production cycles. An ideal ERP solution must help you achieve all these goals while utilizing resources efficiently.
So, identify a solution which helps you maintain your operation cycle, plan thoroughly and implement schedules with minimal wear and tear.
Know your ERP Vendor
The culture of an ERP vendor is something which is considered to be irrelevant, many-a-times. But, ignoring it can indeed cost you dearly. Factors like commitment to deliver support services and turnaround time are some of the factors to consider when you shortlist ERP vendors. Also, assess the customer orientation and their value system.
The commitment to provide quality technical support services and in-depth product knowledge to use ERP solution effectively plays a key role, post the product implementation.
Selecting ERP Vendor
Discrete manufacturing ERP solutions play a vital role in synchronizing operations and enhancing business value. And to achieve this, you must select the right ERP vendor. Make sure you fully understand the product and its associated services.
If you seek an ERP solution which can fit your unique business requirements and help attain long-term and short-term business objectives, then contact us today!
OptiProERP brings along a proven experience in delivering ERP solutions to manufacturers across sectors and scale of operations since past many years.
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