Choose a Needs-driven ERP Strategy

We are bound to one ERP system – why exactly is that?

Why limit ourselves by being bound to one ERP system when we can choose a needs-driven ERP strategy and take advantage of the benefits of working on multiple ERP platforms?

But is it a goal in itself to be bound to the same ERP platform? Or have companies just not had any other options until now?

ERP platforms should be capable of integration

A mindset that we should do away with is the strategy of having only one ERP platform.

Take the company Nilfisk for example: They have an SAP strategy and run SAP at their headquarters, but they run NAV at their 80 locations around the world, which we then integrate with SAP.

Or imagine, for example, a company with locations in Europe and China, which finds that the business and users in China have different needs for the ERP system than they have in Europe – well, why not use another ERP system in China that meets their needs?

It might make sense to have more than one ERP system – and they can all be the right one – even within the same company.

Read more about this topic in the free book: The Profitable ERP Strategy

I have written a book with input for your ERP strategy, and you can read it for free.

It contains 7 recommendations for a healthy and changeable ERP system:

1. Consider a Cloud Strategy
2. Focus on value and readiness for change
3. Select “best practice” scalable standard functionality
4. Have a strategy for flexible management of master data
5. Select ongoing operating costs rather than large investments
6. Consider a strategy for upgrades where only relevant data is included
7. Select a needs-driven ERP strategy – perhaps with different platforms?