Filling Business Gaps: What is ERP Consulting?

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Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software integrates your business operations into one place. Rather than having different applications for each of your departments, moving them to one application lets your departments share data for better management and planning. Because the software typically is complicated and expensive, you most likely want to use professional assistance to purchase and implement it. Find out how an ERP consultant can help you determine which program to purchase and help integrate it into your business processes.

What is the Best Way to Pull All Your Data into one System?

1. What is ERP Consulting?

ERP consulting involves the selection, implementation, training, support and guidance of an ERP system. A fully integrated system integrates business applications for human resources, finance, order processing, sales, service and shipping and receiving. The consultant sets specifications for the ERP software to choose the right package and options within the package. They also build plans for how to customize the system and negotiate with the vendor when purchasing the software. Additionally, the consultant connects business processes with how the ERP software operates and trains workers to use the system. Plus, they may integrate the software with remaining legacy applications that fit its framework.

2. Understanding Your Needs

You most likely need an ERP consultant because you lack the time and knowledge to implement the system yourself. Properly purchasing and executing ERP implementation is complex and time-consuming. Bring in an expert who has the time, knowledge and experience to understand your business requirements, evaluate proper solutions, install, train and fine tune the system that fits your needs. They can handle one or all parts of the process.

3. Choosing a Consultant

Determine which type of ERP consultant you need. Start by figuring out which stage of implementation you need the most help with. Since it’s not  part of your day to day role to implement ERP software or hardware, you may need help with some or all of the process. Or, you might be able to complete certain stages yourself and ask the consultant to complete the rest. For instance, perhaps your order entry and finance components are under control but you need assistance with shipping and receiving software or sales software. They can customize their services to fill your needs.

4. Finding Required Knowledge

Look for an ERP consultant highly experienced in your area of need. They’ll act as an advisor and provide sound advice. Seek a consultant with implementation capabilities who will listen to your needs and provide the necessary support. Having a proven track record with similar clients is important.

Hire an ERP Consultant

To hire an ERP consultant or backfill your internal roles during an implementation, talk with the experts at Mercer Bradley. and get them working on your project. Reach out to us today! 

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