ERP Software Selection Service
Our ERP software selection service is built and tuned from experience gained in more than 900 enterprise software projects since 1996. It includes an ERP license or subscription cost control component that aggressively protects buyer initial and ongoing costs to access ERP software. The ERP software selection process is composed of:
Selection Process Methods and Tools
The SoftSelect ERP selection process has been built from the lessons learned in more than 900 ERP projects since 1996. The resultant formalized methods and tools enable our team to deliver effective services with about half the typical consulting hours required to reach similar results. The SoftSelect methods and tools are not a cookie cutter approach, but are adapted to each client’s unique project. The ERP Selection Details page expands upon the steps listed in the chart below.
There are many useful physical deliverables from the SoftSelect ERP selection process. In addition to the physical deliverables, the main purpose and value of our selection services is related to:
- Protecting project momentum
- Lowering the stress on your team members
- Greatly lowering ERP license and maintenance costs
- Significantly improving long-term commercial relationship control with extensive contract fixes
- Improving the overall confidence in selection decisions—and a positive impact to implementation confidence
SoftSelect Project Team
For ERP selection projects, our consultant's key skill is experience in the business processes that ERP should support for a client project. Other important attributes or our ERP consultant team are: (1) ERP project experience, (2) knowledge of modern ERP tools and purpose, (3) complex project management skill, and (4) credibility and adaptability. With these skills, our ERP consultants can purposefully engage participants from shop floor employees to executives. Since 1996 to today, Engleman Associates, Inc.'s business model has been to collaborate with independent consultants. The current core team has on the average about ten years of working together. Our ERP selection consulting firm offers a highly coordinated team, based on experience, trust, and common methods.
ERP Software Research and Insight
Our company maintains formal and qualitative information on ERP programs and other business software types such as CRM, MES, WMS, and PLM. Our ERP consultant team interacts with the ERP sellers and other business software professionals in day-to-day project work. This has been the primary method by which we stay current with the relative strengths and weaknesses of these business software products. This ERP information, plus client-specific screening factors, is what influences the ERP software long-list we recommend to a client. Our company has no formal relationship with any software vendor—for any financial or other purpose. The sole focus of our enterprise resource planning consultant team is the ERP buyer’s interests. Review our ERP Comparison Database.
The key results of SoftSelect ERP selection consulting assistance are:
Lowered risks and barriers to top-level ERP project success
Effective use of your team's valuable capacity
Deep price discounts for ERP—often over 50% from list
Project momentum is more easily maintained
High ERP selection confidence
Implementation readiness improved
Negotiating ERP costs is complicated and the ERP software vendors take advantage of the buyer’s lack of experience. SoftSelect’s experience and influence helped us level the playing field. We clearly saved money and lowered our long term risk.
SoftSelect was a great partner throughout the process of choosing an ERP solution. They helped us control the terms throughout the ERP buying process, and we achieved impressive results in reduced ERP license fees. Having an experienced partner like SoftSelect, helped us negotiate for the products we need and set our expectations for the process of implementing these solutions.
Long term ERP license costs were initially very difficult to calculate. Working with SoftSelect we were able to insist on a predicable ERP license fee approach and achieve much lower initial and ongoing license fee costs.