Use our evaluation checklist to help you conduct a rigorous selection process
Selecting the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution is a strategic business decision. This solution is the operational backbone of your business. Choosing wisely can give you the tools you need to manage profitable long-term growth. Selecting an underpowered, inflexible, or difficult-to-use solution can drag down performance and divert time, money, and management focus from the business of your business. So it’s vital for you to avoid cutting corners or skipping steps in the selection process.
We’ve developed the checklist below to help you thoroughly and methodically examine the business solutions you find potentially interesting. We’ve drilled down into one checklist item each week for the past 10 weeks. (To review the discussion of individual elements, click on the links.)
ERP Evaluation Checklist
1. __ Goes beyond traditional ERP
2. __ Offers deployment flexibility and choice
3. __ Features strong customer-vendor relationships
4. __ Integrates easily with other LOB applications
5. __ Delivers ease of use
6. __ Provides cost predictability
7. __ Enables forward-looking insight
8. __ Delivers ongoing innovation
9. __ Supports and drives growth
10.__ Reduces risk
A business management solution from Microsoft lets you check all the boxes
Microsoft has offered proven business solutions to customers like you for more than 25 years, delivering capabilities that fit the way you work, so you won’t have to change the way you do business. When you choose a business management solution from Microsoft, we think you’ll be able to check all the boxes on the evaluation checklist and gain the control, productivity, and insight you need to take your business forward.
Goes beyond traditional ERP—Embedded business intelligence, collaboration, and communication capabilities; consistent user experience, enhanced with consumer-driven productivity tools such as such as chat and presence.
Offers deployment flexibility and choice—Flexibility to choose between on-premises deployment, a variety of cloud deployment offerings delivered through the Microsoft Dynamics partner channel, or a blend of both.
Features strong customer-vendor relationships—Strong reputation for after-sale service; global network of reselling partners offering local support and service programs; customer community (more than 300,000 worldwide) with well-established user groups, online discussion forums and Convergence, our annual customer conference; solid customer retention and satisfaction benchmarks.
Integrates easily with other line-of-business (LOB) applications—Powerful, flexible business solution capabilities can be integrated with other Microsoft products and services, and a wide range of third-party applications that run on the Microsoft technology platform.
Delivers ease of use—Consistent look and feel accelerate adoption and save training costs; applicability across all parts of the organization; cloud-based options allow maintenance and upgrade workloads to be offloaded to third parties.
Provides cost predictability—Flexible licensing options reduce upfront expenses, protected list price serves as the basis for future renewals; guaranteed support for up to 10 years after product release; fixed-scope, rapid implementations foster rapid deployment at predictable cost
Enables forward-looking insight—End-to-end visibility; built-in analytical tools and workflows; integration with Microsoft Excel and Word.
Delivers ongoing innovation—Clear product vision and world-class R&D; product roadmaps and statements of direction; tradition of consistent innovation.
Drives and supports growth—Unified business view; anytime/anywhere collaboration and communication capabilities; easy and affordable to extend up and out; global network of local technology partners available to help with deployment, customization, upgrading, and maintenance.
Reduces risk—Transforms your existing systems from a potential headache to a complete and integrated business management solution from Microsoft that helps you take your business forward with confidence.
Taking the Next Step
We hope you have found this blog series helpful as you evaluate your business management solution options. To learn more about a business solution from Microsoft, take a product test drive, register for an upcoming webcast, or just read more about our solutions.
Thanks very much for joining us during the past 10 weeks!