9 Criteria to Choose Your Implementation
ERP Partner Easily

Friday September 22, 2023, by Camille Berthelot

 

The implementation of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is a crucial step for any company looking to modernize its operations and optimize resource management. However, the success of the implementation largely depends on the competence and expertise of the partner responsible for it. To ensure the success of your project and effectively meet your specific needs, it is important to consider the nine fundamental criteria when it comes time to choosing the ideal ERP implementation partner. We have compiled a list of important criteria that our clients consider when choosing Era Consulting Group as their implementation partner.

 

 

1. Know Your Business Needs

Understanding your ERP system needs in depth is crucial. It is essential to conduct a thorough analysis of your business processes and management requirements. This step involves close collaboration with various departments within your company to clearly identify the current challenges, improvement opportunities, and goals to be achieved through the ERP system. The more precisely you define your specific needs, the better you will be able to articulate them evidently and precisely to your future ERP partner.

 

2. Your Specific Criteria for Evaluating an ERP Partner

Establishing distinct evaluation criteria to choose the ideal ERP implementation partner. Priority criteria during selection include the ERP implementer's experience, the industry(s) they specialize in, their track record with similar projects, and the complexity of projects they have previously completed. The partner's location is also an important factor as it can have a significant impact on collaboration between involved parties. It is essential that the partner is accessible and available to facilitate communication and coordination, prior to, during, or after the implementation.

 

3. Your Potential ERP Implementation Partners

Searching for potential partners through conventional search engines or those specialized in technology solutions will allow to find partners specialized in the specific field of research. Associations or professional networks are places that bring together well-known partners. You can also consult your business partners for recommendations.

 

4. ERP Experience and References

Assessing the partner's experience and references. You must ensure that the partner has sufficient experience in implementing ERP systems similar to your industry or specific needs. Feel free to request references and examine their achievements if they can be like your project. You can also gather customer testimonials to get valuable feedback on the customer experience.

 

5. The Analysis of ERP Implementation Methodology

Analyzing the implementation methods proposed by the partner. You need to understand how they plan, execute, test, and deploy the system. A robust methodology is essential to minimize risks and ensure the success of the project. It's important to have a clear understanding of the technologies that will be used by the partner.

 

6. Cultural Compatibility

Understanding and verifying cultural compatibility between your company and the partner. Effective collaboration is essential for project success. Make sure that the values and norms of the partner align with your own.

 

7. Transparencey of ERP Implementation Costs and Customization

Search for the details of costs and change management. A trustworthy partner should provide a detailed estimate of implementation costs and long-term ownership costs. They should also be transparent about rates, hidden fees, and potential additional costs.

 

8. Post Implementation Support

Ensuring the support after the ERP implementation is essential. Ask questions about the levels of support provided, response times, and guarantees for issue resolution. Make sure that the partner is prepared to support your company in the long term.

 

9. Detailed Implementation Plan

Ask the partner to provide a comprehensive detailed project plan. This should include a detailed description of implementation steps, the goals to be achieved, expected deliverables, required resources, and deadlines to be met. This approach will enable you to maintain rigorous project tracking.

 

 

By taking the time to carefully evaluate each partner based on the outlined criteria, you will be able to make an informed and strategic decision in selecting the ERP implementation partner that best aligns with your specific needs and long-term vision for your business. Through these rigorous steps, you ensure not only meeting your immediate needs but also laying the foundation for sustainable growth and long-term success for your company. Therefore, your choice of an ERP partner is a crucial decision for the future of your business, and it's essential to approach it with diligence and a long-term perspective. Era Consulting Group can assist you in achieving a successful ERP implementation; feel free to contact our experts.

 

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