The ERP Options: Small Business

With so many different ERP options on the market, it can be hard to make a decision. Some have functions unavailable in others or some options are better suited for a certain industry than another. We’ve created this blog series to help you better understand what is available on the ERP market, although our list simply covers some of the major players and there are many more choices available. In our first post, we covered all the major players of entry-level ERP solutions. Today, our post will cover all the major ERP players catering to small businesses.
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The ERP Options: Entry Level

There are a lot of ERP options on the market. Some are fit for smaller companies, while some are made for hundreds of users in a massive company. Some are best suited in certain industries like process manufacturing, while others have basic functions. Some will cost less, some will cost more. Clearly, there is no one-size-fits-all and you have to do some research to find the best ERP solution for you.
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The Hidden Fees in ERP That Could Break the Bank

When you’re paying a large amount of money for an ERP system, sometimes the minute details get lost in translation, or lost among the many contract pages. A small fee here or a small fee there may pale in comparison to the large number at the bottom of the page that you will be paying, but it is important to pay attention to every line of costs in the ERP contract. There may be some hidden fees in ERP that you don’t even understand what they mean, and if you did you wouldn’t be happy to be paying them. Below are some common hidden fees in ERP that you should keep your eye out for.

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The 4 Steps to ERP Communication

Communication is key in any organization. In fact, studies show that communication within an organization is directly related to employee happiness. People want to be filled in with what is going on and feel included. This is especially true when change is occurring. If there is ever a time when employees need to be included in conversations it is when a big change is coming to the company, like an ERP implementation. Below are the 4 ways to have effective ERP communication for an easy and painless transition.
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Bite Sized ERP Training for End Users

As you may have heard lately, the attention span of humans has greatly decreased since the advent of the smart phone and social media. In the early 2000s, most people could give undivided attention to a subject for about 12 seconds. Now, that has decreased to a solid eight seconds. We can attribute this to the short, quick videos that play on Facebook, quick screen load times, and quick bite-sized bits of information on Twitter (among other things). Thanks to these short attention spans, we have to change the way we convey information to our employees during ERP training. If we try to use older methods, we’ll likely find that we lost our end users a half an hour ago. We have to make our ERP training bite-sized.
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How to Create A Master Plan For Your Next ERP Demo

Once you’ve gotten to the ERP demo portion of selecting, you may think it is time to just sit back and watch the show. However, the complete opposite is true. This is when you need to be paying attention, taking notes and preparing. Yes, you can actually prepare for an ERP demo. Below are all the steps you need to take before, during and after an ERP demo.

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Cloudwashing: How to Tell If Your Cloud ERP is Real

It has taken a while for many companies to warm up to cloud ERP. Some have been worried about security issues, while others didn’t believe it had all the functionality they needed. Since those fears have been put to rest, another has sprung up. Fake cloud ERP. Yes, vendors are actually packaging up old on-premise systems as cloud ERP, also known as “cloudwashing”.
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Create a Strong Company Culture Using ERP

One of the big trends in the business world right now is learning how to treat your employees correctly. This isn’t simply a “fad”, but rather a new tactic companies are realizing works to retain great talent and have low turnover rates. If you have a great company culture, you’re not going to have to search very hard for great employees. Once you have these great employees, you will see your business grow and become more efficient. As the old saying goes, “If you think great employees are expensive, wait until you find out how much a bad one will cost you.”
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How ERP Relates to the VCR: Time for an ERP Upgrade

In the last few decades, the VCR has become obsolete. If you ask a younger person in middle school or elementary school what a VCR is, they would probably have a confused look on their face because it hasn’t really been around since they were born. This isn’t because the VCR or VHS was a bad piece of technology, at the time, in fact, it was quite ground breaking for movie and T.V. lovers. However, simply put, new and better technology was invented. The VCR and VHS had to take a side step to the DVD. Instead of dealing with a big bulky tape and tape player, people could carry around a slim box and disc that produced better quality video. And, again, a new technology was created and the DVD took a side step. Now everything can be streamed and there is no need to carry around anything. Simply purchase the movie or show from your smart T.V.
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What is Kaizen?

What is Kaizen?
Kaizen is a philosophy that was developed in Japan to improve the shop floor’s efficiency and processes. Kaizen is also known as “continuous improvement” because once the process has been implemented it is not simply forgotten, but continually worked on and improved upon. Those using the philosophy of Kaizen strive to create an engaging culture for each individual’s talents in order to create a powerful manufacturing system that is constantly improving.
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4 Tips to Increase Your ERP Security

As technology grows and changes, so do the best security practices. Every day, people are discovering new ways to get around back doors and collect data that isn’t theirs for the taking. Therefore, every day we should be checking up on our security practices and staying on top of the latest tips and tricks. Here are 4 ERP security practices you should be following to keep you up-to-date.

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Epicor Expands Cloud Based ERP Solutions to Middle East

Epicor Software currently serves the ERP market across many countries, from the U.S to the U.K., Latin America, and more. These services range from your typical on-premise ERP solutions to cloud-based ERP systems. Now, Epicor has found that it is time to expand their reach for cloud-based solutions into the Middle East and Egypt.
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How to Create an ERP RFP Document

What is an RFP?
An ERP RFP (Request for Proposal) is a document that covers everything about your business from head to toe. It explains what your business needs from ERP so what you expect to get out of it. It includes your company description, your budget, and basically everything a vendor needs to know to decide whether they will be the right fit for your company. This helps to decrease the amount of time you would waste looking into a vendor who may not be even close what you are looking for. So, how do you create an ERP RFP? We’ve included everything you should have in an ERP RFP below.

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4 Signs to Know Where Your ERP Failure Went Wrong

Anytime an ERP implementation process begins, everyone involved has their fingers crossed that they do not become another ERP failure internet sensation. It happens every so often, and people love reading about what went wrong and how they can avoid it. It’s important to know when an ERP project began to go astray and where the mistakes were made. This helps others learn what not to do, and, chances are, this won’t be your last time attempting to implement ERP. You have to learn from your own mistakes so they can be avoided in the future. So how do you know where you went wrong and who to blame?

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3 Reasons You Should Be Using an ERP Consultant

Hands down, no secrets here: ERP is complicated. It’s not worth trying to convince someone that ERP isn’t a difficult technology to master. There are people who have been in the industry for a decade and still don’t know all there is to know about ERP. That is simply because ERP is a technology that is constantly changing. New ERP vendors pop up all the time, the addition of the cloud means ERP works differently than before and new module additions mean more functionality is added all the time. So, if you’re considering implementing ERP and you haven’t been immersed in ERP for a decade, you will have an extremely difficult time on your own. There are ERP consultants in the market for a reason and here are the reasons you should be using one.

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