An ERP software is, at its basis, a strategic selection.
What new capabilities does your company want and need?
What issues are you trying to resolve?
What would you like your core processes to seem like?
How can new instruments allow your company’s transformation?

We requested our skilled consultants to provide us with their ideas on the best ERP vendor selection criteria, and that is what they advised us:

1. Emphasize industry experience.

Focus on Industrial Entrepreneurs Memorandum industry experience when selecting an ERP vendor, together with (and particularly) your specific section. Here’s why this experience is essential: An ERP vendor might have industry expertise but might not have deep data of the unique needs of your specialized section. Look at its overall presence in your kind of industry, too. Is its toolset broadly utilized by corporations like yours?

Ask your potential ERP vendors to tell you how they plan to be a number one solution in your market space. Evaluate its features and features to see how properly they align with the business’s challenges. Read the case research and success stories offered by the seller – they're sources of perception into how they build solutions for corporations like yours. Ask for the product roadmap in your industry section.

2. Assess the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership).

Establish funds by way of implementation and TCO (total cost of ownership), then ask your potential vendors in case your budget and their solution are a match.

An ERP solution quote normally contains software, first-year support and implementation consulting. (Additional websites and add-on modules shall be additional.)  Total cost of ownership, nonetheless, is broader, and takes into consideration per-user license prices, coaching, upkeep, customizations, upgrades, internal costs and different charges.

If the system is in the Cloud or software as a service (SaaS), take a tough look at the Service Level Agreement (SLA) for any hidden costs, similar to system enhancements and upgrades.

The scale and complexity of most ERP projects make it tough to get, and stick with, a fixed value. Be conscious that ERP vendors that provide a set value may exclude vital work and training. Identify and observe all inclusions and exclusions.

3. Consider technology technique.

Know that an ERP solution should match the general IT strategy of your organization. And because the IT division performs a major function in determining whether an ERP system is possible, it ought to decide and supply any technology necessities at the outset.

If on-premises ERP systems are a consideration, the IT division will need to have the sources to keep up and improve the software, as well as be capable of present the mandatory infrastructure, servers, databases and safety.

If the corporate is going with a cloud-based  ERP system like Odoo, it’s still important to have the IT division concerned in the ERP vendor selection criteria. There could also be connectivity and integration issues with present systems, significantly legacy on-premises systems.

4. Put the ERP vendor under a microscope.

Where will the vendor be within the next 5 or 10 years? Many niche players have been acquired or merged with different ERP vendors – with each optimistic and destructive outcome.

What’s essential to your organization? The major ERP service providers provide massive, broad solutions that may meet most of your needs. Specialized distributors supply “smaller” solutions that may meet your industry-specific requirements but will not be as robust in some core features.

5. Speak with actual clients.

Don’t let your ERP service provider get away with supplying you with an inventory of hand-picked customer references in quite a lot of industries.

To get the best concept of how a solution will perform for you, ask for references that have been on the solution for a minimum of a year, are in the same industry as your organization, are roughly the same dimension, and have similar requirements. Then make an effort to talk with these clients (significantly their ERP professionals) to get their insight, opinion and suggestions. Choose one for an on-site visit.

Author's Bio: 

Business solution-centric Odoo Consultant and IT professional with about 11+ years of experience spanning Odoo delivery, Sales, pre-sales, Odoo product development, Odoo business consulting, outsourcing & ADM services in leadership positions.

• Has headed Practices for Enterprise Solutions ( SAP, Baan & Odoo )

• Experience across domains likeSales and Marketing, Logistics, Manufacturing, Retail, Chemical, Automotive maped to Odoo

• Extensive experience in large program delivery & business process transformation consulting (Odoo Consultant) for multiple programs

• Demonstrated experience in designing new product & service offerings and executing global Go-To-Market strategies for new offerings for new market penetration

• Proven leadership skills with balanced focus on people, processes & technology

• Pioneered the use of ERP systems in various Processing Industry

• Worked as Process Heads of Marketing, Sales, Purchase, HR, ERP Project deliveries and also worked as Business Heads for many companies like IBM, JKT, Denave India, FCS and presently at Apagen