When buying a new car, how many countless hours have you spent doing research on numerous specs, analytics, future cost expectancies, etc. on top of gathering references from friends, colleagues, and industry professionals on their opinions? Then, after all the blood, sweat and stress you’ve asserted you finally decide to test drive a few and suddenly… the choice has never been so clear. When choosing a new software solution for your manufacturing company, whether it’s your first “ride” or you are looking to upgrade your current model, the decision making process can be quite similar and just as taxing.
If you’re like many in your industry you could be sitting at your desk, maybe staring blankly at your computer screen, facing the three-headed giant that is ERP software search. There are limitless criteria any company must look at in order to make sure it is in synch with all of their wants, needs, and pains. In past blogs we’ve addressed the idea of hiring a consultant to start you off, or, taking the daunting challenge head on. Either of which you decide, or perhaps both, will only take you so far.
There are many out there that fall under the assumption that you can gather enough information, through research alone, to make an educated decision; however, just like our car analogy, you can never be fully comfortable until you give that baby a full test. We cannot stress this factor enough, especially when looking into a large, or one-size-fits-all, solution. If and when you have a particular company in mind, be sure you get an in-depth demo. Have the demo walk you through each of the different modules you will be using, then, and most importantly, have them take you through an entire order cycle using YOUR data. Remember you want to see the software work, not some pretty power point presentation with screen shots. Having them walk you through can even unlock new questions and answers and will show you how much effort each function requires, giving you the best insight possible as if you were already implementing the software.
ProfitKey also offers free demos upon request, face-to-face and virtually, at your convenience. Visit their website to request a free demo today.Posted by Jason Rourke, Marketing Manager, ProfitKey International