What options are in enterprise resource planning system for small/medium-sized businesses?
What are options to small business owners who are looking for enterprise resource planning solutions? What are comparable systems to SAP-business on design?
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ERP is by definition an enterprise sized investment. Most companies consider only the cost of hardware and software when they buy a ERP. They forget to consider the cost of ERP contractors, expanded IT support team etc.
You have two options here - you may maintain ERP software and operations inhouse or you can host it on a hosted Cloud. Most SME's find the cloud a viable alternative.
Cloud based ERP is way more restricted than inhouse ERP though. I implement both and leave it to the client to decide based on their budget and scope of work.
Hello Maggie! Well I have not got much experience on resource planning system, but the one that we use is good enough and covers all our needs!It's called Comidor and generally is a business collaboration suite based on cloud technology.It's easy to use and learn, fully customizable and affordable (very important for small-medium businesses). Take a look at its features at https://www.comidor.com/en/features
As you can see from all of the responses you have received to date, there is a lot to take into consideration when deciding on which ERP best suits your business. As an SAP partner I know all too well the difficulties customers face when trying to make this decision.
I think your best approach and possibly starting point is to define a high level "Roadmap". This effectively gives you an idea of how your business functions today with its current business applications and what areas need to be improved for you to increase productivity through core business processes whilst reducing your running costs. This Roadmap essentially gives you an end goal and summary of requirements.
Once you have completed the Roadmap, you should now have a document that details your current business processes and provides key areas that need improvement through the adoption of new applications and technologies or replacement of legacy (ERP) systems.
You can quickly reduce the number of ERP applications you are comparing by their capabilities and functions. You will find very quickly, as mentioned in a previous post here, that many of the ERP applications only deliver basic accounting functions and do not have a broad range of features (ERP Modules AR/AP/SD/WM/FICO/MM/IM, Mobility, Collaboration etc.), which are truly integrated.
In my humble opinion, it is a bit more complicated to answer this question. There are more factors to consider such as more about the business itself, your needs and goals, what is important to you, growth expectations, company size, budget etc.
For example, when we work with prospective clients we want to help them make the best decision that works for them, not just now, but into the future to avoid frustration and re-work later.
I know it may not be the answer you may have been looking for but
it is critical to have more dialogue about your specific needs and exactly what your unique business requirements are. We work with small to mid-market companies and I would love to find out more about your business needs if you are interested in discussing further.
Regardless, it is a good idea to make sure a service provider and the system they recommend actually factors in at least all of the information mentioned above. I know it is a lot to consider, but based on my experience, you'll be glad you did.
So far, they can opt for Microsoft Dynamics Navision, which is scalable.
They will select a few modules depending on the size of their business, and later on add more modules as the business grows.
Hi Maggie, this question can be answered by looking at 3 factors:
1. Your available budget for this solution
2. Your stance on Open-Source vs. Commercial softawre
3. Your in-house skillset
If budget is not limited, the sky is the limit, from expensive Microsoft Dynamics custom solutions through to cloud based systems. In house skills may also be a determining factor if you intend to deploy in-house. Open source (Linux) skills are very useful for a full blown system like OpenERP.
A hybrid solution would be to look at what the Various cloud vendors have to offer. Many ERP systems offer a cloud based solution for a very reasonable fee.
Once again, determine whether this fits in with your company strategy around Cloud and web-based solutions. A full decision matrix around features, price, ease of deployment will help to make things clearer.
There are Open source products available for this group which will keep their investment to minimum. But the challenge is to find a good support team to help them implement and support. Other alternates are ERPs on cloud. They can look at good partners who can bring the best of the products at an affordable cost
To a certain extent, it will depend on your type of business. Do you need support for manufacturing. If so, what type of manufacturing (process or discrete)? Or, do you need support only for planning and distribution? There are some good choices but those choices depend on your answers to a fairly short set of questions. Thank you.