Independent ERP Selection
ERP Selection is a vital process a company must employ to acquire modern information technology that will drive business process and business performance improvement. Over 100 manufacturing and distribution companies have successfully completed their ERP Selection projects under Ultra’s guidance.
Selecting and implementing a new ERP system is one of most resource-intensive decisions a mid-market manufacturing company can face. Many manufacturers gain value from teaming with independent experts for an effective approach to ERP selection. When guided by the right consulting team, these manufacturers reduce the effort, resources and cost of ERP selection.
An ERP Selection project is a key component to a successful ERP implementation. Implementation projects that fail to attain expectations can be traced back to poorly executed ERP Selection projects.
Ultra Consultants employ a “business process” evaluation methodology to evaluate ERP vendors. Ultra’s ERP Selection services are integrated with Ultra’s Business Process Improvement services, ERP Implementation services, and Business Intelligence services. The integration of all of these services makes Ultra client teams more efficient, reducing overall “time to benefit.”
Business process definition (both current state and future state) drives our client evaluation projects. Ultra helps our clients identify the vendors that meet the required ERP selection criteria and excel in these business processes within our client’s industry.
ERP Selection Projects Evaluate Vendors Based on a Proven Set of Criteria
- Software functional fit to the future state business process needs
- Vendor’s presence and strength in our client’s industry
- Vendor’s technology direction
- Vendor’s support ecosystem
- Total cost of ownership
Our process guides our client to a vendor’s product that has a good fit with the client’s business process needs, and to a vendor that will be a good partner for the next twenty years. Ultra becomes the guide to help the client team navigate the vendor evaluation process.
ERP Selection Process Delivers Results
- Identification of vendors
- A vendor interview process
- Development of “evaluation drivers”
- Decision criteria table
- Process driven demonstration scripts
- A vendor product presentation and evaluation process
- Evaluation vendor implementation capabilities
- Vendor price and contract negotiations
The Ultra methodology will make the entire ERP selection project more efficient and will shorten the project duration. The client team becomes more efficient, the ERP vendor becomes more efficient, and the process builds a foundation of information, education, and documentation that will increase the client’s project success.
Next Steps for Your ERP Selection
For a closer look at effective ERP selection, download an informative white paper entitled “7 Steps to Effectively Organize an ERP Project.” This paper shares seven tried and true strategies for manufacturers to effectively manage an ERP selection project.
The initial series of steps range from thoroughly analyzing expected ROI, to setting and communicating the priority of the project within the organization.
Additional steps pertain to selecting the team, educating all team members in ERP best practices and system knowledge, as well as issuing a project charter.