4 Tips to Hiring an ERP Selection Consultant

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It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with all of the details one has to consider when choosing the right ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solution. As a business owner, you are already juggling many responsibilities and you may not always have the time or background to thoroughly review and evaluate software application options. But you know that you need a new accounting/ERP solution. So what should you do?

The answer is to look for a partner or a selection consultant to work with you to find the best ERP solution for your business. Below are factors that you should keep in mind when looking for a partner to help guide you through your ERP selection and implementation:

  1. Defining Your Needs – Work with a consultant who can help you define your needs up front,  orelse you might select an ERP that addresses the wrong issues. The needs assessment should involve all relevant functions/employees in order to define a broad spectrum of requirements. This will also help to obtain employee "buy-in" and generate enthusiasm for this project. The requirements list should have a ranking by importance of all functionality/capability of the ERP solution.
  2. Understanding Product and Options – Researching all of the ERP options available can be a very time consuming and cumbersome process. Look for consultants who are objective and can share their knowledge about the product options available on the market, as well as what solution will be the best fit for your type of business.
  3. Controlling Over Selection and Pricing – Consultants bring their industry knowledge and experience to the table and can inform you on the best strategies for getting a good price for the software.  They can also negotiate a professional services contract that covers your needs and ensures that the resources assigned are well supported.  You should feel confident that they know how to negotiate with vendors and get the best price and terms for your company.
  4. Reducing Risk and Headaches - You're bound to encounter a few bumps along the road to a complete ERP implementation — hiccups that can lead to finger-pointing among IT, techies, and C-level executives. Handing an ERP implementation over to a third-party provider, however, reduces the risk of blame-game theatrics.  

Don’t let the complexity of choosing the right ERP solution discourage you from making the best decision for your company; help is out there! The fee for a selection consultant will help keep costs down in the long run, provide the best software for your needs, and ensure an efficient implementation.

Contact the ERP experts at Borek Business Solutions to see how we can help you choose the best ERP for your organization!

by Borek Business Solutions, Oregon Microsoft Dynamics GP ERP Partner

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