It is like swimming in an alphabetical soup, filled by abundance of hot three lettered acronyms – BPR, ERP, MRP, JIT, TQM, ABC and so on. Out of these, ERP currently seems to be catching up most with the Indian organisations. ERP solutions come in the form of an integrated software package, with many vendors claiming that implementing ERP software effects a BPR for an organisation.
What to Look for in an ERP Package?
The most important criterion in the package selection is the functional fitment. Some other criteria you may like to check are:
Number of installations in a similar industry segment. Number of implementation in the country.
Is the package compiled (i.e., does it cover all functional areas)? Is the package localised?
Is the package too old or too new?
Is implementation of the package easy?
How easy/fast is it to get skills on the package? Who is supporting the package?
How big is the company? Is the implementation their main focus?
Are they interested in local implementations or are local projects training ground for them? Quality of the consultants.
Financial health of the company.
Will the implementing agency let a third party do a quality check on the implementation work?
What technology does the package use? Is the package integrated or interfaced?
An interfaced package is a bundle of package interfaced together to transfer data from one to the other. We can identify an interfaced package by subtle clues like various modules being called by different names, the look and feel of various modules being different and the same functions being done by different key strokes in different screens.