ERP Implementation – Education is the Key to Success

Education or more specifically the lack of education can lead to an ill chosen ERP system, the gross underutilization of an ERP product’s capabilities and unfortunately in some instances ERP implementation failure. If you don’t understand how to select ERP software or you don’t understand how you can use ERP software to operate more effectively… » More

Business Management Software Selection – 15 Ways to Improve Your Performance

OK so it appears as though your current accounting/ERP system isn’t getting the job done.  Maybe that’s obvious to you, but what about everyone else?  Where is the system failing you?  Is there something better?  Is the problem your software or your business itself?  What should you do?  The answer is relatively straight forward.  You… » More

Business Financial Software – Justifying the Investment

Business financial software doesn’t last forever.  If a critical mass of your employees have decided that your current business financial software might need to be replaced, what’s your next step? Many firms just launch a search, assuming that at some point they will find the best suited business financial software.  Well….there’s just a tiny flaw… » More

ERP Selection – The Key Role of the CEO

ERP selection isn’t a project that involves only what we commonly refer to as stakeholders.  The role these stakeholders play, particularly the CEO cannot be limited.  The stakes are just too high. In the immediate past ERP selection projects were driven by a combination of the CFO and the CIO.  The CFO was responsible for… » More

ERP System Selection – Defining Your Requirements

If you have decided to replace your current business management system, there are a number of critical steps you need to take to reach a purchase decision.  Obviously one of the most important ERP system selection steps is defining exactly what you want your new system to do. This requirements document serves two purposes.  First,… » More

The CFO’s Guide to Selecting Financial Accounting Software

Financial accounting software will need to be replaced from time to time.  It really doesn’t matter why, but the firm’s key executives (CFO, CEO and CIO particularly) need to take charge and help the firm move to a more efficient, effective, competitive and profitable future. Now let’s throw some ice cold water on your assumption… » More

Accounting Systems Selection – Critical Evaluation Steps

Accounting systems selection (small to mid-sized firms) or ERP software selection (larger and/or more complex firms) is difficult, time consuming and frustrating at the best of times.  Compound that with a less than effective accounting systems selection plan (or a poorly executed selection plan) and you can almost guarantee failure; either failure to achieve many… » More

Selecting Accounting Software Systems – The Personnel Approach

Accounting software systems selection can be a tricky process even under the best circumstances.  While most accounting and ERP selection projects get the requirements document (functionality definition) somewhat right, the personnel aspects of these projects fall short in far too many instances and that’s one of the primary reasons why software selection projects never seem… » More

Accounting Software Review and Selection Requires a Step-by-Step Plan

An effective accounting software review must include each of the critical steps you need to accomplish when searching for a new business management system.  Although you might want to move forward with your accounting software review as quickly as possible, history tells us that the failure rate of accounting software selection projects is high.  In… » More

Business Management System Selection – Who Should Lead the Project?

Business management system implementation projects fail far more than they should certainly far more then we feel comfortable.  People have heard of these failures and many are reluctant to do anything until they actually are almost forced to by the failure of their own system.  In this case the system could be so old that… » More

ERP System Objective: Help People Become More Individually Successful

ERP system selection projects in far too many cases fail to achieve their objectives or fail altogether?  Why?  Absence of executive buy-in?  Implementation failure?  Ineffective communication.  All of these are legitimate and in many instances all three contribute to failure.  However, maybe there’s a fundamental problem that isn’t addressed adequately. The process of selecting a… » More

ERP Solution: Are You Ready to Make the Leap?

ERP solution route beginning to look alluring?  Business management system letting you down?  If you are not satisfied with your current financial accounting software (or whatever you want to call it), is it time to upgrade to an ERP solution (or whatever you want to call that)?  This is really a two part question.  Can… » More

ERP Software Solution: Evaluating Your Current System

Your ERP software solution (or accounting software system) will need to be replaced at some point in time. The real question is what do you need to do and when do you need to do it. In support of your anticipated efforts, there are any number of articles, blogs and whitepapers that list the top… » More

ERP Solutions Selection: Adopt Best Business Practices as a First Step

ERP solutions selection can become a tedious and at times frustrating exercise.  While there is any number of ways you can approach ERP solutions selection, there is one critical point that needs to be made.  If you are contemplating the purchase of new ERP solutions, there is one critical step you need to take before… » More

ERP Accounting Software Selection – The Key Role of Stakeholders

ERP Accounting Software selection can be tedious and frustrating at the best and downright deadly at the worst.  Presuming that you know what you are doing (and process and product ignorance is perhaps the most significant causes of failure rates that can be as high as 70%), you are going to have to create the… » More

Financial Application Software: Find a Product That Best Suits Your Unique Needs

Financial application software can help you achieve greater success, but the selection process has to be very precise and you need to know what you are doing. If you think you need new financial application software or know you need it, what should you do? The path from idea to project completion is littered with… » More

Avoiding Business Accounting Software Selection Failure

Business accounting software selection failure remains distressingly high in spite of all the articles written and expertise available.  While you may have heard that ERP software projects are notoriously difficult, small business accounting software selection projects as well as mid-market accounting software projects are equally fraught with dangers. What are we doing wrong?  It’s a… » More

Accounting Software Selection – The Prospect / Reseller Dance

Accounting software selection projects require several key elements.  One of the most important success factors is the formation of a mutually beneficial business partnership between the user and the accounting software reseller who represents the accounting software product being evaluated. Let’s say you are the leader of an accounting software selection initiative for your firm. … » More

Accounting Software System Customization: Do It Right the First Time

Accounting software system customization may be the only way you can create an accounting software or ERP software system that meets all of your requirements.  Having said that though, please don’t assume that customization is the only viable alternative.  Instead, base your initial search on finding an accounting software system that does not require customization. … » More

ERP Software System Selection: Upgrading From Accounting to ERP

ERP software system selection projects are usually precipitated because either the firm is moving up from what could be called an accounting software system or the firm does not get along with its current ERP software system.  Although this might be called a jab at the industry, most accounting software products have evolved over the… » More

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