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Selection of ERP vendor

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Set goals and objectives for ERP implementation
Appoint an ERP selection team and include key users in the selection phase
Find out which ERP systems are able to be adapted to company specific requirements
Distinguish between “must-have” and “lower priority” functions
Concentrate on core functions
Talk to several key-users about their experience with the ERP package
Can the software be easily upgraded? Find out costs and duration of an upgrade?

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Selection of ERP vendor

  1. 1. Selection of ERP Vendor
  2. 2. How to select the ERP Vendor? 1. Set goals and objectives for ERP implementation 2. Appoint an ERP selection team and include key users in the selection phase 3. Find out which ERP systems are able to be adapted to company specific requirements 4. Distinguish between “must-have” and “lower priority” functions 5. Concentrate on core functions 6. Talk to several key-users about their experience with the ERP package 7. Can the software be easily upgraded? Find out costs and duration of an upgrade? 2
  3. 3. How to select the ERP Vendor? 8. Is the software able to easily integrate third party solutions? 9. Ask for the vendor’s company strategy and software roadmap. Will the ERP vendor still be in business in 5 years? 10. Ask for a live demo using real data and performing typical tasks 11. User friendliness - How many minutes does it take to perform typical tasks? 12. How many clicks does it take and how many screens do I have to open? 13. In the event of international deployment: does the vendor have proven experience with international projects? 3
  4. 4. How to select the ERP Vendor? 14. Compare vendors over, at least, a 5 year period using the TCO table 15. Compare several ERP vendors and their packages in terms of quality criteria 16. Listen to your gut-feeling 4
  5. 5. ERP-Implementation Process
  6. 6. ERP-Implementation Process 1. Strategic Planning 2. Procedure Review 3. Data Collection and Clean-Up 4. Training and Testing 5. Go Live and Evaluation 6
  7. 7. 1. STRATEGIC PLANNING a) Assign a project team. b) Examine current business processes and information flow. c) Set objectives. d) Develop a project plan. 7
  8. 8. 2. PROCEDURE REVIEW a) Review software capabilities. b) Identify manual processes. c) Develop standard operating procedures. 8
  9. 9. 3. DATA COLLECTION & CLEAN-UP a) Convert data. b) Collect new data. c) Review all data input. d) Clean-up data. 9
  10. 10. 4. TRAINING AND TESTING a) Pre-test the database. b) Verify testing. c) Train the Trainer. d) Perform final testing. 10
  11. 11. 5. GO LIVE AND EVALUATION a) Develop a final Go-Live Checklist. b) Evaluate the solution. 11
  12. 12. Develop a final Go-Live Checklist. • Sample Final Go Live Countdown Checklist Sample ▫ Physical inventory process is complete. ▫ Beginning balance entry procedures are developed for all modules. ▫ Any transition issues are addressed. ▫ Documents & modifications are tested thoroughly. ▫ Executives and departments heads are fully trained. ▫ Vendor is available for go-live day. ▫ Users will have assistance during their first live transactions. 12

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