Enterprise resource planning (ERP) has been defined as a business management system that integrates all facets of the business, including planning, manufacturing, sales and marketing. Ideally, every company will make optimal use of its resources, across all parts of its operation, through proper planning. Yet, this is often easier said than done, and that's where enterprise resource companies, products and services can help.
Enterprise resource planning solutions of various types are available which can help take the mystery and complexity out of implementing an ERP system that will work for your business.
Here are a few types of available ERP solutions providers:
1. ERP information sources
2. ERP consulting companies
3. ERP system software vendors
4. Web-based ERP providers
5. ERP company comparison sites
6. ERP vendor-matching sites
Each of the above ERP solutions providers can help you compare and better understand the small business ERP systems and services that would best suit your company.
Take advantage of online ERP information providersThese websites make your research into the various available enterprise planning resources much easier.
Consider ERP consulting companiesEnterprise resource planning companies that offer consulting services can be very helpful to you in your search for the ERP solution that would be the best fit for your company.
Avail yourself of ERP comparison websitesThese websites can cut down your research time considerably by providing side-by-side descriptions of many of the most popular small business ERP systems available.
Use an ERP vendor-matching siteThese sites search their databases to find the enterprise resource planning providers whose products or services most closely match your criteria.
Look into open source ERP softwareOpen source ERP solutions offer greater flexibility through better customization options.
Don't forget web-based ERP providersOn-demand ERP solutions can make implementing your company's new ERP program simpler, relieving you of the headaches involved in doing it yourself. They also save money by preventing the need for expensive IT hardware and software purchases, maintenance and upgrading/updating.
- After you've done your research, be sure to carefully consider your company's specific needs before deciding which ERP solution to purchase.
- Try narrowing down the ERP companies to a group of 5 or 6 that seem most appropriate. Take advantage of demos, webinars and free-trial downloads to help you determine which company offers the resource planning tools your company needs most.