4 Steps to ERP Buying Success

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In this four part series, we will examine the steps that every business should consider when making an important investment in enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions such as Microsoft Dynamics ERP for their organization. ­These steps will encourage you to ask a lot of questions, not only of current and future ERP partners, but of yourself as well.  By looking at your needs and examining what potential ERP partners can offer you, we’re confident that you’ll end up making a purchasing decision that ensures success for your company going forward.

You may have found yourself growing increasing­­­­­ly aware of the round-about ways in which you’re losing time and money struggling to plug the holes in your existing software.  It probably happened over a long period of time, and it wasn’t even a big deal at first.  Now  is likely the time to take a look at how to choose one of many ERP solutions so that your choice best meets your needs of unifying and automating your disjointed business processes, so that you can embrace growth, cohesion, and productivity across your entire organization.

Whether you are frustrated on a daily basis by the restraints imposed on you by your existing systems, or you’re looking for a way to get ahead and make a positive and measurable impact on your establishment’s productivity and decision making, the first step is the most important of all.

1. Decide to change.

If you’re reading this article, you’re probably already aware that an ERP application and partner can be of great benefit to your establishment. This awareness is great, but until the decision is made, your business will continue to function as it always has, perhaps without realizing its full potential.

In the business world, we understand that change is huge.  Change can drive a business forward or leave it stranded by the evolution of their competition. That is why change, though it may seem daunting and costly, is always a key component in the prosperity (or failure) of businesses.. In the long-run, embracing change pays off - you will discover that the ROI of a new ERP solution  outweighs  the losses suffered due to your existing systems.  This is true any time you’re investing in the long-term flexibility of your organization.

At this first step, ask:

“Is it time to move forward?”

“Where do I start?”

And,

“Is it worth it?”

Once you've answered these questions for yourself, it’s time to move on and ask even more – as you evaluate and define your needs.­­­­­

By Encore Business Solutions – a Microsoft Dynamics VAR for Dynamics GP, Dynamics NAV, Dynamics AX in Western Canada.  www.encorebusiness.com

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