Software rescue is a legitimate business. Many seemingly “failed” installations can be resurrected with a sharp consultant and a better attitude on the part of the users. As a Manufacturing software user, you need to speak to someone who knows the ERP software and the industry well. You can save yourself a lot of money and a lot of heartache.
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Can You Trust ERP Software Reviews provided to Vendors by Users? Just how reliable are they
Many ERP Manufacturing software vendors post glowing testimonials and reviews from their users on their sites. It is not uncommon to have endorsement that claim unbelievable things. But how do these reviews come about? Are they unsolicited? Very unlikely…
The bottom line is that manufacturing software is only as good as the people using it. And the people using it are only as good as their motivation and commitment to making it work. Make sure your critical staff is critically involved in the decision process.
I have recently run into a few situations where prospective buyers of new software, either distributors or manufacturers, are looking at both Netsuite and QuickBooks Enterprise (QBE) as potential ERP solutions for their company. This does not make sense in most cases. These products are really not competitors except in instances that might involve straightforward financial accounting along with basic inventory and / or light manufacturing. .
ERP Requirements Definition is not simply a description of the functions of the software required in order to screen vendors. It is a detailed description of the needs incorporated in the Request for Proposal (RFP). If you think this is a just a formality, then get a boiler plate RFP and start sending it out. In doing so, you will attract every software vendor in your market space who will claim to fit your needs with their proposed solution.