Once you have understood what an ERP system is and that it could be important for your company, it becomes really difficult. Because now it's about finding the right system. Maybe you need an ERP consultant.
The selection and subsequent implementation is a big step for any company. Especially in small and medium-sized enterprises, it is therefore common to outsource these tasks to external consultants. However, it is also important to find the right one. But how do you recognise their competence?
Check 1: Industry and Process NowHow
A new ERP system is not always just a task. It is also an opportunity for the company. Entrenched processes are put to the test and there are many opportunities for process optimisation.
It goes without saying that ERP consultants should have some industry knowledge and process experience. If you work in a project-oriented way in your company, for example, it is also important that your consultant has knowledge about this form of work processes (e.g. recording work performance). Furthermore, it does not always mean that large consultancy firms are the better (more competent) option. Small consultancy houses often focus more specifically on a certain area.
Check 2: The right chemistry
Don't just rely on recessions. In the end, it is also important whether the chemistry between your company and the consultant is right. Consultations are absolutely necessary for this. Describe your company's ERP needs. The consultant will give you his assessment immediately. You have the feeling that he has ?recognised? the company and knows what he is talking about? Very good. But don't be intimidated by phrases and jargon. Ask questions. The consultant should be able to explain everything in an understandable way.
Check 3: Work on both sides
Did the ERP consultant make you aware of the expenses for the company? He should in any case. Because a successful implementation can only take place if the company also cooperates. A constant exchange is necessary in order to processes in such a way that the company actually benefits from the introduction. More on the topic here.
Check 4: Weighing up in case of doubt
You have an offer from a consultant on the table and don't really know if you are satisfied with it. Get a second offer. That is your right! In many companies it is common to decide between different consultants in this way anyway. On the basis of a polished offer, it is often best to judge which consultant is the best fit for the company.
Check 5: Ask for references
Although reference customers are not always a reason for making a decision (see Check2), it is worth taking a closer look at them if the feeling is right. Get in touch.
Check 6: Rejected? Top!
You have heard that your provider has often rejected or referred clients? This is not a sign of a lack of competence, but a very precise knowledge of your own. A good ERP consultant knows what they can do and what is best for your company.
Gut feeling for the ERP consultant
Ultimately, choosing the right ERP consultant always involves a healthy dose of luck. In project cooperation, it is particularly important to have a good human basis. In case of doubt, you can only recognise this with a gut feeling.
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