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One of the toughest aspects of ERP implementations is choosing the appropriate software. It is also very difficult to choose truly independent consulting advice that will help you select the right software for you instead of the one that will lead them to future business.

In order to choose the right software that meets your business requirements, it helps to have advice from an independent third-party that can guide you through a structured process and understands the entire ERP market. This is an important aspect of the ERP assessment and planning process.

The two simple questions you should ask to find out if a consultancy is truly independent are:

  1. Do they have a technical implementation practice?
  2. Do they have a practice or group focused on SAP, Oracle, or another ERP package?

If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then the company you are dealing with is probably not independent.

The consulting company you use should have nothing to gain from choosing one ERP package over another. If they have services or products they can sell to you if you choose a particular software, then they are not going to necessarily give you the best unbiased advice. My company, Panorama Consulting Group, is one of these companies that specializes in ERP vendor selection and project planning, and we don’t do any type of technical implementations or sell software.

By employing the advice of an independent outside expert, you can leverage their expertise and lessons learned from what works and what doesn’t work in ERP implementations. However, it is important that you find one that is 100% independent to ensure a successful software selection.