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Jack Boyer, Boyer & Associates

3 Wrong Reasons to Choose ERP Software


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Avoid These Common Mistakes When Choosing an ERP Accounting Software

I once heard that when we succeed, we tend to “party” and when we fail we tend to “ponder.” With that in mind, I want to share with you some mistakes I’ve seen buyers of accounting and ERP software make over the years so that you can avoid them. Here are three common (and wrong) reasons for choosing a particular accounting software:

1 “My accounting firm knows it.”

I’ve seen buyers choose a software (typically Dynamics GP) simply for this reason. As a business owner with a 20-year positive relationship with our CPA firm, I can see how trust gets built here. However, most accounting firms don’t have the same depth of resources in an accounting product that a firm that specializes in accounting and ERP software has. You can’t expect your CPA firm to be able to handle all the intricacies of developing and maintaining your software.

2 “It worked at my old job.”

I’ve seen organizations buy a specific ERP product without ever seeing it because their controller liked using the same product at a different company. That other company may have had many similar needs, but it likely had some key differences also. Those key differences can quickly become a huge headache and require major customization that would not be necessary in another product.

3 “My staff is familiar with this ERP product.”

Organizations will frequently buy software because someone on their staff knows the product. Keep in mind that there is a considerable difference between consulting on a software package — configuring software — and knowing how to use it once others have done the heavy lifting.

Ponder the mistakes of others to increase your chances of selecting the product that is the best fit for your business.

Attending a comparison event to get a better look at the ERP and accounting products available can help you avoid some of these issues. Take the time to speak with and learn from the experts at our Microsoft Dynamics ERP Comparison event on Sept. 15.

Don't forget to check out our related blogs: How an ‘Easy’ ERP Customization Can Cost You in the Long Run and Know What You Need Before You Select an ERP Product.

by Boyer & Associates

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