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The Path to ERP for Small Businesses, Part 2: Evaluation of ERP Software
If you’ve gone through the research phase while looking for ERP, the next major step is the evaluation process. At the end of it, you should have a shortlist of

gartner erp evaluation  and analysis companies like Gartner, Forrester, AMR, and TEC publish valuable reports describing ERP products, industry trends, etc. (for a listing of analyst companies, please visit http://analystfirms.tekrati.com/ ). The result of the evaluation phase should be a shortlist of vendors that best fit your company’s needs. To make sure you get the most relevant shortlist, RFIs/RFPs and DSSes are the most important tools; the other resources mentioned above should only be used as a complement to these

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ERP for Fashion Industries Software Evaluation Report

The Discrete ERP Knowledge Base will help those involved in manufacturing and other industries, research vendors that support a range of production capabilities such as production planning, shop floor control, and product costing. The Software Evaluation Report also provides information on financials, human resources, and other enterprise management modules. 

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It’s hard to imagine a modern manufacturing business operating without the use of some kind of ERP software that facilitates the management of day-to-day production, and financial, logistical, and other operations. In fact, many manufacturing companies have undergone ERP selection and implementation processes not just once but several times already in their existence.

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About this Guide

Preface

ERP for Midsize Manufacturers

Typical Business Considerations

Technology as a Challenge and Opportunity

State of Market: ERP for Midsize Manufacturers


Product Comparison

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TEC Selection Project

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ERP for Midsize Manufacturers



Midsize manufacturing organizations constitute a unique segment of companies. They occupy a particular niche in the business world – mature and large enough to exploit advanced management concepts and engineering technologies, yet small enough to stay close to customers and flexible enough to rapidly adjust products and business processes to changing environments.

This group of manufacturers is certainly in the sights of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software vendors as their next target market, after global multinational corporations.

However, the ERP selection process is a top concern for medium-sized manufacturers. With the enormous quantity and variety of marketing materials produced by ERP vendors in order to persuade organizations to make the “right” ERP choice, the end result is that the overall selection process for many manufacturers isn’t clear and often requires systematization and clarification.

It is not simply a question of which two of three ERP systems to put at the top of one’s short list, as the selection process is typically much more complicated. In particular, there are parallel challenges of developing one’s own ERP paradigm and whether to accept long-term strategies regarding cloud or traditional on premise-roadmaps, as well as many lower-priority issues.

With all of these factors to take into account, selecting an ERP solution for midsize manufacturing businesses becomes a question of choosing a way of business evolution for the years to come. The ERP decision is imperative for most companies, and with this buyer’s guide, TEC’s goal is to provide some guidance to manufacturers seeking to implement a new ERP solution or replace or upgrade an existing solution, and to draw a picture of the ERP market as a whole.


Download the full copy of the TEC 2014 ERP Buyer’s Guide for Midsize Manufacturers.

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