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With numerous ERP software solutions out in the market, consumers may find it overwhelming to pick one that would best fit their needs. WebSan Solutions aims to streamline the ERP selection process by offering a quick and comprehensive guide to help determine which Microsoft product is right for you.

With over ten years of expertise in offering top-notch software solutions, we’ve advised many companies about which products will help improve their business processes and bottom line.

The infographic below showcases WebSan’s product offerings – Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business and Enterprise edition, Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Microsoft Dynamics GP.  Depending on the company’s size, industry, budget and need, the infographic summarizes the products’ main features and modules and suggests which product would be the best fit.

The four-step guide helps to simplify the ERP selection process by asking questions that software buyers will find easy to answer. Although created to offer general product recommendations, the infographic will give software buyers an overarching idea of which solution would best benefit them.

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Linz Tan, Web Marketing Assistant, WebSan Solutions Inc., a 2014 Ontario Business Achievement Award Winner for Service Excellence

Published in professional services
Friday, 02 September 2016 00:00

Key Steps for Selecting the Right ERP Software

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Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software offers the benefits of streamlined and integrated business processes, lower cost of operation, improved reporting capabilities, data security and increased productivity. With multiple benefits brought about by an efficient ERP system, the process of selecting the right system that can help support your organization’s needs can at times be daunting.

To help increase the odds of choosing the right ERP software, below is an ERP selection tip sheet that outlines key steps for selecting the right ERP software.

1. Know and prioritize your software requirements

  • Start by identifying what challenges you want to solve and what your current system is unable to do for you. It’s best to divide the list into features that are must-haves and nice-to-haves. The more specific you can be about your software requirements, the better. As an article from Software Advice notes: “by knowing what you need, you’ll be in a better position to control the selection process, rather than let software vendors dictate your needs.”

2. Carefully evaluate your options before deciding on an ERP system

  • It’s important to consult management and key stakeholders and ask them for their input in the evaluation phase. It’s also worth considering how the systems you’ve shortlisted affect integration with your existing office systems, the ERP system’s reporting capabilities and metrics.

3. Build a short list of software vendors

  • Determine which vendors best serve your industry, requirements and budget. Remember that it’s best to list five or fewer vendors and products to evaluate.

4. Closely evaluate live software demos

  • Start by preparing brief demo scripts that detail specific workflows that you want to evaluate in the demo. After each demo, meet with your team to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the demo and compare notes.

5. Compare prices

  • Once you’ve narrowed down your list of vendors, you can now ask the vendors for a detailed price quote and compare in terms of what vendors will offer with support, training, third-party hardware and pricing models.

6. Get references from vendors

  • Ask the vendor you’ve chosen for a reference that shares a similar business need and size. When talking to the reference, don’t hesitate to ask about challenges that they faced with the system and how the vendor was able to address issues.

7. Decide

  • Given all of the information that you’ve gathered from the process, decide if the vendor and ERP system is the right fit for your organization. Ensure that all the agreements and requirements that must be fulfilled are noted in writing from the vendor.

To learn more about how WebSan Solutions can help in your ERP selection and implementation process, download our free ERP Whitepaper or take our ERP Assessment.

 

Linz Tan, Web Marketing Assistant, WebSan Solutions Inc., a 2014 Ontario Business Achievement Award Winner for Service Excellence

Published in Microsoft Dynamics GP

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Businesses today continue to rapidly change in their needs, particularly, for what an Enterprise Resource Software (ERP) can do to help support their operations and finances. Postmodern ERP, as defined by Gartner is a technology strategy that links and integrates administrative and operational business capabilities with the benefits of vendor-delivered integration to promote flexibility and agility.  

Software Advice, an advisory firm that helps buyers research and choose ERP software, conducted research and sought expert advice to look into the concept of Postmodern ERP and how it affects businesses, with findings compiled in this article.

A comprehensive postmodern ERP strategy aims to use the best applications possible in each business area while still ensuring that the different areas adequately integrate with each other when necessary.

The study is quick to note that “a postmodern ERP system will likely be comprised of applications from two or more vendors, and may include multiple deployment models.” This strategy can benefit businesses by ensuring your company is using the applications which are best suited for each job function. Moreover, should specific applications need to be changed, there would be no need to customize or upgrade the whole system.

Although the study suggests that the postmodern strategy would be best suited to growing midsize to large firms, organizations “should opt for a strategy that will provide them with long-term agility over short-term operational efficiency.”

WebSan Solutions can help your organization find the right ERP solution that would fit your business needs. Download our ERP whitepaper to learn more. 

 

Linz Tan, Web Marketing Assistant, WebSan Solutions Inc. a 2014 Ontario Business Achievement Award Winner for Service Excellence

Published in Microsoft Dynamics GP

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When selecting a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software, one of the first considerations to make is whether to go hosted (on the cloud) or on-premise. Although both types have their advantages and disadvantages, it’s worth taking a closer look and offering points of consideration to make the software selection process less daunting. Software Advice, an advisory firm that helps buyers select ERP software, conducted research to create a comprehensive guide to help buyers determine the best type of software needed for their organization, with findings compiled in this article.

The biggest difference between the two types of systems is cloud-based software is hosted on the vendor’s servers and accessed through a Web browser, while on-premise software is installed locally, on a company’s own computers and servers. Although over time, both systems’ cost tend to converge, cloud-based software is priced under a monthly or annual subscription basis, while on-premise software is usually priced under a one-time perpetual license fee.

Some advantages of cloud-based ERP software include its shorter implementation time, great stability with frequent updates from the vendor and no additional hardware investments. On the other hand, some disadvantages of this type of system are its less customizable functionalities and an organization’s possible less peace of mind that comes with data security being in the vendor’s hands.

On the other end of the spectrum, on-premise ERP systems are known to be more customizable and offer greater control over data. However, the implementation process can take longer and organizations have to pay associated hardware and IT costs. Organizations will find that cloud-based ERP systems are more mobile-friendly compared to their on-premise counterpart. 

It would be in an organization’s best interest to first assess its needs, budget and top concerns before deciding on the right type of ERP system that will be the right fit.

WebSan Solutions offers Microsoft Dynamics GP and CRM implementation along with valuable resources like training, free webinars and outstanding support. See how we can help your business meet its ERP needs – download one of our FREE Microsoft Dynamics GP or CRM demos today! 

 

 Linz Tan, Web Marketing Assistant, WebSan Solutions Inc. a 2014 Ontario Business Achievement Award Winner for Service Excellence

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The process of selecting an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software is no easy task. With many factors to consider such as cost, vendors, business needs, and the vast software selection in the market, the task of choosing the right ERP software becomes all the more complex. Software Advice, an advisory firm that helps buyers research and choose ERP software, conducted research and sought expert advice to create a comprehensive guide to help buyers through the ERP selection process, with findings compiled in this e-book.

Research shows that 59% of buyers cite data integration as the top reason for purchasing a system, while a staggering 24% of users say their current system lacks adequate support. If you find yourself in the same boat as these buyers, it might be worth investing in a new ERP system.

Below are some tips to help in your ERP software selection process:

1. Assess your business needs and identify must-haves

  • Look into your business needs and identify key issues that need to be resolved with the aid of an ERP software, then form a selection committee comprised of both mission-critical employees and IT staff. This ensures that all voices (of varying departments) will be heard and unique needs will be evaluated.

2. Outline your key requirements

  • After forming the committee, have everyone write up their own “wish list” of issues that they would want to be solved with the help of an ERP software, and specific capabilities they want the new system to have. At the end of the brainstorming session, the committee should have a concrete list of immediate business issues that need to be resolved and a shortlist of features that the new software must have.

3. Create a list of vendors

  • Some factors to consider when creating a shortlist of vendors include: how the vendor targets your industry (or niche), your budget, deployment preferences, must-haves, technical requirements, ERP functional strengths and user-friendliness.

4. Get references from vendors and other reputable sources

  • Once you’ve narrowed down your list of possible vendors, it’s worth gathering references from third-party reviews, people in your industry who are currently using the systems in your shortlist, news articles, and current clients of the vendors who are in the same industry or who use similar ERP modules that you would need.

5. Decide and negotiate

  • Make sure to negotiate for software pricing after you’ve made your selection and ensure that every single promise and requirement fulfillment is noted in writing from the vendor.

To learn more about how WebSan Solutions can help in your ERP selection and implementation process, download our free ERP Whitepaper or take our ERP Assessment.

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 Linz Tan, Web Marketing Assistant, WebSan Solutions Inc. a 2014 Ontario Business Achievement Award Winner for Service Excellence

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