The state of Connecticut just spent $1.4 million to install a new emergency notification software system. Problem is that the new system is incompatible with the systems recently installed by 41 Hartford, CT area towns. This means the $510,000 they spent on those systems is just money down the drain. The same thing can happen with ERP and accounting software. Some companies may be tempted to purchase niche, industry specific packages or custom/proprietary based software systems. But if your company’s needs change in the future (which they usually do) the chances that this "speciality" software will be compatible with other systems is slim. For example, what if you go through a merger or acquisition and you want all the offices to use one system? Or what if you want to add some type of industry specific front office system (
But if you purchase a
And don’t forget, if you buy the less expensive
So plan for the unexpected, buy an ERP system that is easy to integrate and easy to customize. You can definitely have a sense of security when investing in a Microsoft product.
By CAL Business Solutions,