We would absolutely love to present you with a long list here of all the reasons why you should consider an Infor ERP solution for your company. But first, we want to take a step back to look at the considerations that typically come into play, or should come into play, when you are evaluating ERP systems for your enterprise. Then will we circle back around to Infor, and why you should consider an Infor ERP software solution for your business.

Top 13 Considerations When Evaluating ERP Software: A Baker’s Dozen 

  1. Ease of use
    Is it user friendly? What does the UI (User Interface) look like? Have your team, preferably with representatives from the various groups that will be using the system, take a look at the UI and provide their opinions and comments. Involving them early in the proves will also help with adoption later.
  2. Ease of integration/level of integration
    If you are in the proves of evaluating ERP solutions, chances are that you are not entirely satisfied with your current ERP system. Often, one of the shortcomings relates to integration. If you are currently running disparate solutions, apps, and/or programs to meet your business needs, you want to be sure that the new ERP software you are about to purchase will eliminate that issue, either because those functions are already part of a new, integrated ERP solution, or because the new system will easily integrate the outliers in your current environment into the new ERP.
  3. Ease of navigation
    Easily getting from point A to point B is critical. For example, if you cannot easily figure out how to get from an AR screen to an inventory screen, that is a problem. This is another opportunity to involve the various constituencies in your company to go through the process of navigating from one area of the software to another, as they might have to do in a typical day. If they come up smiling, then you know that this ERP program is easy to navigate. Of course, if you hear them cursing at their computer, you may have a problem.
  4. Ability to meet the needs you have outlined for your business
    As part of the software selection process, you have probably outlined your business needs. Since nothing in this world is absolutely perfect, and that includes ERP software, you may have to make some compromises. It, therefore, makes sense to rank your business needs as “must-haves” versus “nice to haves.” A system that provides all of your “must-haves” and most of your “nice to haves” merits consideration. But if it cannot meet all of your “must-haves,” even with some customization or preferably configuration, you should start looking elsewhere.
  5. The right platform for your business
    Today’s ERP solutions come in a myriad of platforms and deployment options, including on-premises and cloud-based ERPs. Each carries distinct advantages and disadvantages. This is an important choice that you should discuss with the partner you have chosen for your software purchase, implementation, and ongoing support.
  6. Hardware requirements
    The hardware required to run a given ERP software system is typically laid out in detail in the system specifications, which are set by the software manufacturer. Depending on the age of your hardware, you may need updates or new hardware to run your ERP software.
  7. Adequate (or preferably more than adequate) storage capabilities
    We live in the age of “big data,” which seemingly proliferates at the speed of light. Your storage requirements tomorrow will be greater than your storage needs today. Make sure that the solution you choose will serve your storage needs well into the future.
  8. Price tier
    You know what your budget is for the implementation of a new ERP solution. Do not waste your time looking at Cadillacs if you have a Kia budget. On the other hand, if you are looking for all of the features that a Cadillac offers, make sure you have budgeted appropriately.
  9. Configurable (preferred)
    We often find that the average midmarket ERP software system today will meet 90% or even 95% of our clients’ needs right out of the box (or right out of the gate when it comes to cloud solutions). What’s more, those last few percentage points can be achieved with a simple configuration or two. Before you pull the trigger, make sure the system you are purchasing is highly configurable. Those “codeless” configurations will be your salvation.
  10. Customizable
    Of course, there are always exceptions to every rule. And while it is not highly advisable to make changes to the underlying code, sometimes that turns out to be the only way to achieve your ultimate function, feature, and process needs. It makes sense, therefore, to know what the code language is, how customizable it is, and how available programmers are for that language.
  11. Stability
    Are you considering a name brand ERP software product, manufactured by a company that is financially stable? If not, you may be barking up the wrong tree and opening your company up to a world of trouble. The dominant players in the ERP market are all “going concerns.” And if they are public companies, their financials are public records.
  12. Training/learning curve
    Training should always be included with your purchase of an ERP system. The learning curve will vary based on the level of your users. That should be taken into account when discussing your implementation with your partner.
  13. Security features
    Last but not least in our “baker’s dozen” of considerations is security. Given the increased sophistication of hackers, security should never be far from your mind. Be sure to discuss the built-in security features of your ERP as well as any additional security measures that your partner may recommend. The safety of your data is a paramount concern.

Why You Should Consider Infor ERP

Strategic Systems Group (SSG) has extensive experience in implementing and supporting Infor solutions.