Few organizations today can remain competitive without implementing enterprise software functionality and capabilities.Enterprise systems such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM), and HR/human capital management (HCM) promise great benefits.
Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software is now available for horizontal applications, such as accounting systems, ERP systems, CRM systems, and also for industry-specific systems in nearly every industry sector. When truly unique systems of competitive advantage are needed, they can often be built as extensions to commercial enterprise software.
Client Case Study
Avasant supported a leading global non-profit in software selection by helping assess its existing ERP implementation and explore other ERP alternatives to support the changing requirements. The client had completed an implementation of ERP platform five years ago. However, the platform was highly customized resulting in a costly, complex, and difficult to use system. Avasant collaborated with the client by conducting current state assessments and ERP functional and technical requirements gathering. Further, Avasant designed scenarios and conducted market assessments for an alternative ERP ecosystem that aligned to clients’ overall business requirements. Avasant team developed a business case for migrating to an alternative ERP ecosystem and helped select a new ERP platform. The Avasant team also helped the client create an implementation plan leading their way to more agile operations suited for their evolving global needs.
Choosing the right enterprise system requires an organized approach: assessing business processes, building the business case, analyzing key requirements, screening vendors, and organizing demonstrations. But who has the experience, time, resources, and tools to do it right?
Nevertheless, evaluating, selecting, and implementing a new enterprise system is becoming more and more difficult. The underlying technologies are changing. Some systems look good on the surface but may not be the best fit for specific industries. Others may not provide flexibility for the future. Still others may be overkill for small and midsize businesses. Vendor viability, software reliability, and ease of implementation must also be considered.
In addition, over the years, there have been many mergers and acquisitions among enterprise software vendors, and it is not always clear whether a particular system is really part of the surviving vendor’s product road map. This is especially the case when evaluating solutions from vendors that have done major acquisitions, such as Oracle, SAP, Infor, Microsoft Dynamics, Sage, Epicor, Aptean, and others.
Cloud-based systems add another level of complexity to the decision. Is the vendor’s cloud ERP offering really software as a service (SaaS)? Or is it merely the vendor’s traditional on-premises ERP now offered in a hosted data center as a managed service? And, does it matter? How do cloud solutions, such as Salesforce.com, Workday, Oracle NetSuite, Plex, FinancialForce, Sage Intacct, Acumatica, and others, compare with traditional vendors offering cloudversions of their solutions?
System Selection Approach
Avasant provides independent consulting in enterprise software selection and vendor evaluation. Our methodology has two main phases:
Phase I: The systems strategy, to decide which systems should be maintained, upgraded, or replaced, and
Phase II: The sourcing transaction to procure the right software vendor and service providers, whether they be for system implementation, hosting, or managed services.
Avasant offers a unique approach backed by experience and data
Although other consulting firms provide similar methodologies, our approach is unique in the following ways.
Leveraging online surveys and assessments
Focus on key issues
Getting to a short list efficiently
Absolute and total independence
Business process analysis
Evaluating implementation consultants as well as software vendors
Backed by Data and Insights
Leveraging Strativa Analytics platform
Strativa® is an Avasant analytics platform to support the selection, price comparison, and procurement of the best-fit technology solutions for your organization. From enterprise software evaluation to cloud deployment options, we provide data-driven insights to help buyers make the right technology choices.
Avasant management consultants utilize this platform to provide independent and unbiased advice for organizations to make data driven business and technology decisions, along with practical assistance to carry out those decisions for bottom line results.