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Tips to Choose the Best ERP Software for Your Business

The ERP software market has changed considerably over the last few years. So much so that many companies find themselves limited to a handful of systems to choose from – meaning that there is no need for an extensive software selection process and that the attention shifts from finding a “perfect system” to finding the best ERP system integrator. There is merit to focusing more on the right ERP system integrator and less on overanalyzing ERP software options. For example, we are working with two global, multibillion-dollar companies that have narrowed their software search to SAP S4/HANA and Oracle Cloud. One isn’t a fan of Oracle, while the other has a bias against SAP, which leaves them each with one viable option.

Rather than considering the Tier II ERP space, which isn’t likely to fit their complex and global needs, both companies are instead focusing on finding the right system integrator. Sure, they could spend another several weeks or months analyzing these solutions to find t…

Five Common Gaps to Watch for in Your ERP Software

While enterprise resource planning (ERP) software has proven to be invaluable for all types of businesses, you cannot always be certain the ERP system you are using is without gaps. Fortunately, performing a GAP analysis can help you determine what functions and/or services your ERP software may be lacking, whether accidentally, deliberately or because it still needs to be developed. 
Check our white paper on “Getting More Out of Your Current ERP System” to help with your current ERP system. In addition to being without certain features and functions, there are several other gaps you should watch out for with your ERP software. Here’s a quick look at the five most common gaps:  The end of net neutrality is a fairly new concept and even many experts can’t say for sure what the future may hold for this new internet environment but here are some ways that the end of net neutrality could impact ERP:
1. Your ERP system is missing features, functions or services that could benefit your busi…

How ERP Software May Be Affected by The End of Net Neutrality

A phrase that has been on everyone’s mind in the last few months has been “the end of net neutrality.” In case you might not know exactly what this ominous phrase means, it is simply the end of free internet. Currently, with the exception of paid services and subscriptions, the internet is a free and open marketplace where you can browse anywhere you’d like, for free. This means you pay your ISP to get internet and there’s no fee to access Facebook and no higher price to access national news outlets (as opposed to local new outlets).

The end of net neutrality many mean that the internet could soon become a very regulated and expensive experience for some. The end of net neutrality is a fairly new concept and even many experts can’t say for sure what the future may hold for this new internet environment but here are some ways that the end of net neutrality could impact ERP:
1. Less Connected Future Some estimates believe that there will be 30 billion connected devices online by 2020 ac…

Five ERP Software Trends to Watch in the Retail Industry

With a new year comes new trends, especially when ERP software in the retail industry is involved. After all, ERP (enterprise resource planning) software vendors are constantly working to create more powerful, less complicated and more affordable options for retailers. So, what should you expect to see in the upcoming year? Here are five ERP software trends to watch in the retail industry in 2018.
1. Retailers using legacy ERP systems will be forced to change. Believe it or not, there are still a few ERP vendors who have not encouraged their retailers to move away from the legacy ERP systems they have been using for years. These include systems such as Microsoft Great Plains, Oracle EBS and Epicor Prelude.

However, as an increasing number of ERP vendors focus on cloud solutions, they will put less and less focus on legacy systems. In fact, they are almost certain to stop introducing new functions or offering long-term support for these dated systems. As a result, retailers will have n…

Putting the E Enterprise Back into ERP Software

Cloud. SaaS. In memory. Mobility. Artificial Intelligence. These are just a few of the many technological trends affecting ERP software initiatives. Buzzwords, trends, and new technologies are plentiful in the enterprise software space. However, there is one important thing in the term that often gets overlooked: the “E” in ERP. In other words, the enterprise.
If we back away from all the buzz, hype, and trends, ERP software initiatives are simply about the enterprise, or your business. None of the other things matter without first and foremost taking your business needs into account. Here are a few tips to ensure that you’re not forgetting about the “E” in ERP software: Allow your business to drive your technology needs, rather than letting technology drive your business.

It’s easy to get so caught up in cool new technologies and capabilities to the point that you forget about your own business needs. Sure, technology can enable business improvements that were once unimaginable, but…