A Pragmatist’s Guide To Building A Business Case For ERP

November 1, 2011

Are your business needs being adequately met today with your current ERP? Of course there may not be a simple yes or no answer to that question. You may be getting by with a “work-around” solution. You may be getting product out the door and meeting customer and compliance requirements. But are you doing it efficiently or cost effectively? Could you be at risk in the event of a recall? Is your current solution (or lack thereof) stifling your growth?

Let’s assume you know you need to do something about your current enterprise business system. How do you build a business case for a new one?

Cindy Jutras, ERP analyst, offers some practical advice to recipe/formula based manufacturers on building a business case for an ERP. Leveraging survey results from her firm’s 2011 ERP Solution Study of over one thousand manufacturers, Cindy addresses several key components of a business plan, including:

  • Top operational goals
  • Key performance expectations
  • Cloud vs On-premise deployment
  • ERP ROI timeline

About the author:

Cindy Jutras is a widely recognized expert in analyzing the impact of enterprise applications on business performance. Utilizing over 35 years of corporate experience and specific expertise in manufacturing, supply chain, customer service and business performance management, Cindy has spent the past 5 years benchmarking the performance of software solutions in the context of the business benefits of technology.

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