When a food and beverage company sets out to select a new ERP system, they usually know it’s a choice they’ll have to live with for a long time. The system not only has to support current operations, but it also has to be flexible enough to support changes that may not even be predictable, including growth, compliance regulations and changing competition. To top it all off, it seems as though every department and employee has his or her own idea about what the system needs to do and what it should look like.
It's often recommended for companies to make extensive lists of every possible feature they might need, rank them by importance and then run several vendors through their paces in order to check off the most items. This method is expensive, time consuming, complicated and error prone—and at the end of the process, there is no guarantee that the ERP system with the most check marks is actually the right one for your company. Instead, there is a better way to go about selecting an ERP system.