5 Common Mistakes Made When Comparing ERP Systems
Forgetting Why You Are Comparing ERP Systems in the First Place
This is an easy mistake to slip into. You worked hard with your team analyzing your needs, setting priorities, and building a shortlist of ERP systems to compare. Then you started talking to system providers and listening to their stories. They all have feature and benefits that will help you and your business. Do they address the needs you documented? Unless they can meet your needs, move your ERP comparison along to another provider. Some of what they offer will certainly help but you are here shopping for a tool that meets your specific needs.
Trying to Find the Perfect ERP
Here is a naked fact: None of them are perfect. There will always be something you wish were different. Here is another fact: Almost all of the ERP systems on the market really are good. They will easily help with the 20% of problems that cause 80% of your grief. You will find more than one ERP that will meet all of your needs and your final choice might subjectively be based on which one is “prettier”.
Treating the Choice and Implementation as an IT Project
Your ERP is a powerful tool to meet specific needs in production, finance, sales, engineering, and other disciplines. You are the people who will have to live with and work with the results of your choice and the ERP implementation. No matter how talented your IT people are, they will not see the situation the same way you do.
Not Enough up-Front Planning
You are comparing ERP systems. The E is for Enterprise. Everyone needs be on the field with their best efforts. The ERP that is perfect for production might fail with finance. Work as a team on the evaluations. This will be a long and expensive project. Treat it as a project with activities and milestones all need to meet.
Inadequate Change Management
You are looking at ERP systems. What does change management have to do with that subject? A lot! Poor change management is one of the leading causes of failed implementations. Is Sage going to be easier to change to than Oracle? People are subject to the laws of inertia. People always ask, “What’s in it for me?” The right answers will make the ERP comparison and selection better.
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