Selecting the right ERP
Guidelines to keep in mind when evaluating systems
February 14, 2014 by SYSPRO Canada
When selecting and implementing an ERP, management teams should consider the following guidelines and considerations:
- Clear and unambiguous authority: The selection and implementation of an ERP solution is a major project. There should be no ambiguity in the decision-making authority.
- Structured rigorous process: Most organizations will only purchase an ERP solution once every 10 to 15 years. One of the key differentiators for a successful selection program is a structured and rigorous process.
- Process definition of requirements: The compilation and documentation of user requirements form the basis for the selection process. These requirements are best stated as business processes rather than functional requirements.
- User participation & buy-in: The acquisition and evaluation team should be assembled with members from all areas within the business.
- Document rationale for each decision: The rationale behind decisions taken during the selection process should be documented. This documentation will be important during the implementation process, and in subsequent similar projects.