Do you actually need an ERP project?

An Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) project is when you integrate all your company’s core processes into a single system—finance, HR, manufacturing, supply chain, services, procurement, whatever else you need to run your business, back-end and front.

ERP can be a launching pad for transformative growth. When it’s done right, customers are happier, employees are freed from menial tasks, and all the separate parts of your business have access to the same information in real-time. ERP becomes a launching-pad to transformative growth.

When ERP is done wrong, it gets very expensive, not to mention causing more of the stress and frustration you were hoping to squelch by implementing the project.

So before you start pouring precious time and resources into a complicated project, ask yourself if it’s even necessary. If any of the following issues keep popping up, it’s time to get started.

Your existing solution has serious support problems.

Are you having frequent disputes with your suppliers? Are existing products no longer supported? Multiple suppliers and support problems are a strong indication you need ERP.

You’re driven to distraction by rekeying, data issues, and workarounds.

Every business has its workarounds, yet yours have become a serious problem. You’re wasting money on staff who merely help you get through the day, rather than serve your customers.

Back-office systems are hindering your marketing plans.

You and your CMO have some great new ideas, but back-office solutions have become the barrier to progress.

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