Choosing the ideal ERP solution is tricky business. Much is written about the importance of scalability, but there’s one lesser known requirement to add to the buying consideration list. When selecting a system, be sure a choose one that has the future functionality you need, but also one that allows that functionality to be turned off if it is too complex for the company’s immediate needs.
Buying a robust system, if not carefully managed, can overcomplicate the process of using the system. This is primarily because powerful ERP systems with hefty functionality require a large amount of data input. If you bought a solution that serves future needs, it may add a layer of complexity into daily process if you don’t switch off functions not currently needed or manage their settings effectively.
For example, a robust inventory module requires lot control. However if a company doesn’t lot items, then having this feature functioning means having to enter a non-existent lot number to run the system optimally. Another example is a project centric CRM module. If a company is not a project oriented business, using this feature to it’s fullest capability unnecessarily complicates data entry, reporting, etc.
While these things may seem like small inconveniences, they add up quickly in a system that is over-meeting immediate business needs and can slow processing and increase cost over the long haul.
Firms needs to work carefully with IT and ERP vendors to understand each module’s functionality and the ability to opt in and out of ERP features as time goes on. This will help reduce cost and optimize process by streamlining the data that must be fed to a hungry ERP beast.
Let Parallel Solutions help you choose a scalable, ERP system with the functionality you need both now and in the future. We’re with you every step of the way in the ERP selection process. Call at (440) 498-9920. We are a full service provider and our experienced staff can help assess all your needs from software to training and support.
Mary Jo O'Neill