The first thing a business owner should do for their company is a full review of the different pieces of the company’s manufacturing or distribution processes. They should use the discovery method, starting with what needs to be fixed or addressed, and look for where the gaps or pain points are in the processes’ cogs. These are the pieces that a good ERP vendor can make suggestions on how to improve and make more efficient using their software.
The business owner should then get input from all of the department heads, which will help to narrow down what features are needed. This can help to simplify the ERP selection process overall.
Finally, the business owner should look at how much time and money will be necessary for implementation and training. Premise-based manufacturing ERP systems also need physical space, and this must be factored into the budget, time and training. If a vendor can offer great deals and plenty of support for this piece, this should move their product to the top of the list.