ERP System Selection

We have prepared a four part series on behalf of CAmagazine on best practice in selecting a new ERP System.

System selection, done right — Part 1

Anyone who has been involved in selecting software knows the road is strewn with pitfalls — many of which we covered in “The top 10 software selection mistakes” . But how do you avoid those mistakes altogether? In the next few columns, we hope to shed some light on the subject…

System selection, done right — Part 2

The whole selection process will take a minimum of three to four months, with most of the time allocated to waiting for the vendors to respond to the RFP and preparing for the demonstrations. We are very sympathetic to vendors that go through this rigorous selection process. They can spend a lot of time only to find out they were unsuccessful. The least we can do is give them time to respond to all our requests and to be honest in our evaluation of their system…

System selection, done right — Part 3

One of the first steps in any project is to define the roles and responsibilities of the participants as well as to estimate the amount of time needed. So now that we’ve looked at how to select a software system, let’s turn to the people side of the equation…

System selection, done right — Part 4

Since January/February, we’ve looked at the software selection process from start to finish. We’ve also considered the roles and responsibilities of the people involved. But before even getting on the road toward a new system, you need to present a good business case. Sometimes that might be easy because the existing system is no longer supported or the business itself has changed. But what if you are frustrated with your existing solution and don’t know what to do?...