Choosing the Right Business Management Software System
If your one of the many companies out there (and there are many) who are still using a fragmented approach to business software and have thought about finally taking the big step in adopting a fully integrated business management software system then there are a few key points you should consider. Business Management Software is by its nature a complex beast and choosing the correct one can be a difficult proposition. If you haven’t selected business management software before, you might be wondering how to tell which application is right for your company. There are several factors to consider; here are the top three.
Choose a Stable Vendor
Reputation is key when it comes to the delivery, implementation and support of your Business Management Software / ERP. The length of time the vendor has been in existence as well as the experience the vendor has in delivering to completion a complex IT project should be foremost in your mind. This is where some investigative works comes in like researching online to see how much of the market share your vendor owns and checking out their website to see if they have any case studies and testimonials. Reputation is key as well; make sure that the company you choose has a solid history of helping businesses like yours. And verify that the company embraces flexible technologies so that you can keep seeing returns on your software investment far into the future
Get the Right Functionality
This is crucial. Getting the software to do what you want to do rather than the less than ideal scenario of getting a piece of software that forces you to change the way you do business. It may seem like a simple question, but remember that you’ll probably want to keep adding functionality to your system as you grow. Choose software from a vendor that provides the functions you need now – like Job Costing, invoicing or e‑commerce – as well as those you’ll need as your business changes and grows.
Consider the Costs
This is where you decide in whether the Business Management Software is going to give you the return on investment. This is where you make sure that your implementation partner can provide you with a detailed project scope as well as ongoing maintenance. Another factor to consider is the future! Will the software scale to your needs and requirements giving added functionality and offsetting and depreciation as time goes on.
Find the Right Assistance
Choose software that can be installed and supported by knowledgeable partners. Make sure that the partners have a close relationship with the vendor and that they’re able to receive ongoing training and support. Often, businesses form long-term relationships with their software partners; the right partner can help you meet your business goals as they evolve and as your company grows.
At Hybrid Technology Partners we have been vendors for Herbst Insight for over 7 years. Insight is a Business Management / ERP software platform created specifically for the Irish SME. It’s designed to be a modular system; a completely integrated financial solution for SME’s with a comprehensive range of optional extras which can be added as required. If you would like to find out more about Herbst Insight then why not contact us on 061 211444 or 01 5310030 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to learn more about ERP systems and their applications, look at our guide on ERP systems and benefits
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