LeBron James proved that home really is where the heart is. We get it; we’re in metro Cleveland, and we know the gratification that comes from strengthening our local economy. That’s also one of the reasons we love Exact Macola. Besides being some of the best ERP software for manufacturing and distribution, it was born right here in Ohio (albeit a little south of us).
Exact Macola 10, the company’s newest release, maintains its entrepreneurial roots by being especially crafted for the small-to-medium business. As midwestern start-ups ourselves, we get that not every ERP software solution or vendor out there knows what it’s like to grow out of nothing. While we’ve got some nice fertile business soil here in Ohio, sometimes it can get rocky, and the best way to beat the odds is by having the right partners and the right tools.
The great thing about having a partner like Parallel Solutions is that we understand what it’s like to grow a business, and that while you need the ability to streamline and understand your business, you probably don’t need all of the bells and whistles that some of the bigger ERP solutions might try to sell you. And we work primarily with distribution and manufacturing companies, so we understand the specific challenges you have in running your business efficiently. In short, we get it.
If you’re starting to feel like all those spreadsheets are holding you back, not really giving you the information you need to track your business functions and see the bigger picture, give us a call or drop us a line. How can we help you get you on track to streamlining your processes, making your employees more productive, and your business growing? With a little teamwork, together we can continue the Ohio comeback story that is inspiring and captivating the country.
One of the first questions we always ask when on a fact-finding visit to a prospective client is “Why do you want to replace your current Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution?”
The answers sometimes surprise us. Here are some of the most common reasons NOT to replace your current solution, along with some ideas and questions to consider before purchasing a whole new system.
We do not like our Business Partner.
Why not? Is the problem one that could be resolved with a frank conversation? Have you contacted the software publisher for a list of authorized business partners in your area? The software publisher may also offer direct support.
There is no one around from the original implementation, and we are not sure of the current ERP solution’s capabilities.
Training is usually less expensive than a new solution. Contact the software publisher directly, a business partner, or a company who specializes in training for that software to help you use your software to its full capabilities.
We need to replace our out-of-date hardware and thought we should see what new software is available.
Is your current solution meeting your present and anticipated future needs? If so, you may end up spending more of your personnel’s time on the implementation than what the software upgrade costs.
We have not kept current with maintenance, and the cost to come current is so expensive we might as well switch software.
Some software publishers charge steep reinstatement fees. If the software meets your needs and your people are trained in its use, it may still be less expensive to re-purchase the software rather than switching software, once you take into consideration the time and expense of training and potential lost productivity.
Our business has changed, and the current software does not meet our needs.
Have you discussed your current needs with your ERP software’s Business Partner? It may be easier and less expensive to re-implement your current software rather than buying new software. Don’t forget about the potential lost productivity when personnel have to learn a new system; this is a hidden cost of switching software.
That said, even if your business has not changed, we recommend that you review your software’s implementation every five years to optimize performance.
The major cost of implementing a new solution is not the cost of the software, training, and implementation consulting costs, but the soft costs for your personnel’s time and the disruption a software implementation can cause.
Questions about whether it’s time for a change in your current ERP system? Drop us a line; we’d be happy to discuss the best solution for your needs!
Keith Sherwin, CPA, is President of Parallel Solutions - an ERP solutions provider based in Cleveland, OH serving small to medium sized Distribution and Manufacturers throughout North America. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Jo O'Neill