How to Choose a Reliable Vendor for Your ERP Implementation Project

A Reliable ERP Vendor Helps You Take Your Business Forward Confidently

ERP Vendor Selection Handshake Partner


Check a vendor’s record for quality service after the sale and confirm they have a satisfied customer base. Selecting a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution can be complicated, and the stakes are high. Choose wisely, and you’re on your way to greater control over your business, increased productivity, and insight that drives your business forward. But make the wrong call and you could drag your operations, profitability, and competitiveness down.

To help you do your homework, we’ve created a 10-point checklist, and we’re exploring one point each week during the next 10 weeks to call out important factors you should investigating during your evaluation process. In case you’ve missed the previous postings, here’s what we’ve discussed so far (follow the links to see the full discussions):

ERP Evaluation Checklist
1.     Goes beyond traditional ERP
2.    Offers deployment flexibility and choice

This week we focus on checklist item #3, making sure you get your new business solution from a vendor and implementation/service provider known for solid customer relationships and quality post-sale service.

3.     Pick a Reliable ERP Vendor

Customers Stay with Vendors That Take Good Care of Them

Post-sale service is a key ingredient in a smooth ERP implementation and ongoing operation. It’s also an important requirement to help you get full value from your investment. Your needs will change over time, the result of growth, new requirements from customers and suppliers, and changing tax rules. Your customer base will evolve—and the list goes on. And because your ERP solution is at the heart of your business, it’s important to choose a vendor that not only meets your needs right now but, equally important, delivers quality, affordable service and support after the sale. Here are three specific points to check out:

  • Customer churn rates. Is the vendor losing current customers as fast as they add new ones?

  • If needed, is support available locally, either directly from the vendor or through a network of qualified local resellers? Or can they successfully service you with online support? If the answer is “no,” you could be surprised with added costs when you need after-sale support.

  • Does the vendor offer a full range of customer support skills and capabilities? Expertise with the specific software you’re evaluating is essential, of course. But how about help with customer relationship management, productivity software, and other applications you want to integrate with your solution? And does the vendor/service provider have experience with on-premises and cloud-based ERP solutions?

Ask vendors on your short list about the scope and cost of their customer support plans, and ask for customer references. Vendors you can count on will enjoy long-term relationships with satisfied customers. Unhappy customers part ways with vendors that are accessible and responsive before the sale but disappear after the contract is signed. 

Count On Microsoft Dynamics ERP

Microsoft Dynamics has a long history of customer service and community, and a solid reputation for after-sale service. As one of the leading Microsoft partners in the U.S., BroadPoint offers local support and service programs to help you keep your business moving forward after initial implementation. Microsoft's customer community—more than 300,000 worldwide—rivals any in the industry, with well-established user groups, online discussion forums, and an annual customer conference. BroadPoint takes pride in our customer retention and satisfaction benchmarks, and in our strong reputation for providing post-sale service.


Customer Success Story

Microsoft continues to earn the loyalty of business customers around the world who know they can count on quality post-service support and continuous product advances to fuel their growth and help them compete. Check out this technology service provider who chose a business solution from Microsoft in 2004 and regularly upgrades to the latest versions. 

Microsoft Dynamics ERP has played a critical role in our successful growth. With this solution, we can do business effectively with enterprises by offering resources and service levels that one would expect from a company much larger than ours.
— Ron Wollner, President, Computer Data Source

Computer Data Source

 

CHALLENGES

  • Inefficient, time-consuming financial processes

  • Disconnected systems/redundant data entry

  • Late invoicing

  • Limited insight into customer care metrics

  • Connecting customer care metrics and contract management to Service Level Agreements

  • Inefficient, costly customer care

BENEFITS

  • Dramatic financial process improvements enable customer care refinements

  • $800,000 savings in Year 1

  • $5 million savings in cost of service delivery through five years

  • Implementation costs recouped in less than one year

  • Quadrupled business with no finance or IT staff growth

 

Join us next week for part 4 of our blog series, when we’ll tell you about some things to check for when it comes to integrating a new ERP solution with your other line-of-business (LOB) applications. 

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About BroadPoint

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As one of the top Microsoft Gold-Certified ERP and CRM partners in the U.S., we have hundreds of clients across the country that trust BroadPoint’s team of experienced CPAs, MBAs, PMI-certified project managers, technology experts and service professionals. CONTACT BROADPOINT >>

 

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