At Ultra, we have the opportunity to speak with many manufacturing and distribution executives about their business. IT Directors, Chief Financial Officers, Controllers and Presidents all speak about their need to evaluate and select their new ERP system.
In these times, the feedback we receive often is that many organizations are “nervous” about ERP selection and trying to tackle their ERP project, and although I constantly hear many reasons for this, it seems lately it is largely due to:
- The Economy
- Reduced Staff
The soft economy has caused companies to “tighten their belts” and to reduce their staff in areas of operations, IT, marketing, finance and other functional areas. While this may result in lower payroll costs, it has put a lot more pressure on the employees to perform their duties and of those who are no longer employed.
I often hear “We need a successful ERP implementation to maintain or gain that competitive edge, but we no longer have the staff or the expertise. We need help!”
The want and need help with the following:
- Leading our Project team
- Keep us on schedule, and on budget
- Get our team through this process as quickly and efficient as possible
- Identifying and evaluating the right vendors
- Defining our needs
The economy of the last few years forced a lot of companies to delay transforming their aging legacy system. With the economy coming back, many management teams are now looking forward to making their “lean” teams productive and they want to get their as quickly as possible.