“Know Your Requirements First!” Golden Rule To Select ERP

While deploying an ERP solution for your business, you might think that selecting a rightful solution from a trusted software provider will do. However, actually, you need to make sure about the training, scalability, customisation and vendor analysis before you implement the system to assure that it meet all your needs. It’s only after you have ascertained all the core functions of your ERP, you can look out for a number of solutions and customised packages of ERP that will meet them.

But, how to find out in a short time the things you require in your ERP software? Here’s a quick checklist to help you chalk out your ERP requirements that will help vendor understand your needs well.

Keep in mind the end goal

Why you need an ERP? Think it out! There’s might be one definite purpose behind using an ERP software in your firm and that will make you clear about the end goal you want to achieve through it. Stating your end goal to the software provider will give them an overview of the ERP product you want to have and will help them plan the development accordingly.

Data you handle everyday

This second most important criterion. Decide and define the type of data and volumes of it you have to handle every day for each of the processes and state them to your vendor.  The idea of the flow of data will help them plan precisely the system’s data entry and data management aspects etc.

Your stakeholders

Selecting an ERP is not your sole decision from the management as you are not the one using it. It’s imperative for you to consider the role of employees and other organisation to ensure hassle-free deployment of the system afterward. It is also essential to assure the expected returns on investment in the long run.

Define the workflows

From accounts management to employees’ performance tracking, the ERP will be dealing with all. So, after you have affirmed the business goals for the solution, it is the time to consider the detailed inclusive functions it should include. On a broader perspective, businesses look for a comprehensive system that comprises of three core sections, accounts,  project management and departments.

Scalability needs

As a last criterion, you need to consider the scalability you want in the ERP solution. But, that depends on how your business is performing i.e. how fast it will expand in the future. Accordingly, you have to ask your software vendor to get it developed with ample scope of customisation so that you can tweak in features to meet the increasing needs of the business later.

Thus, before buying a software of ERP, you should nail down all the specific requirements, functional areas or processes that you want it to address. It is perhaps the only way to avert all the risks of failure post the implementation and realise great ROI.

Johan Smith is one of expert Odoo developers in Australia working for GetAProgrammer, a pioneered mobile app, web, software, and ERP development company for more than 5 years. He has immense expertise in handling challenging and complex ERP projects with Odoo platform.

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