Organisations decide to select new Enterprise Software packages for a variety of reasons. Business growth may lead to the need for a more robust solution with wider functionality and the ability to deal with multi-site, multi-country operations. Legacy systems may be regarded as old fashioned and lacking in up to date functionality. Corporate acquisition may lead to the need for systems harmonisation across a group and a new group-wide strategy may be called for resulting in the need for a new system.
Once the decision has been made to proceed, then the selection process should aim to identify a product that will provide easy to use functionality, efficient business processes, will have management approval, user acceptance and a positive return on investment for shareholders/stakeholders. In today’s challenging economic environment, investment in a new system can help an organisation move ahead of the competition and although the implementation process may prove costly in terms of time and resources, the long term productivity and efficiency gains for the business can be significant.
Package selection is never risk free
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