New Report from CTS Outlines Four Steps for Measuring and Maximizing ERP Software Benefits

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Manufacturing software expert offers a simple blueprint for measuring and maximizing ERP implementations and for avoiding snags such as cost overruns, schedule delays and poor end-user adoption.

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To achieve the maximum return on your ERP software investment, it’s important to take time to adequately measure and improve enterprise processes.

CTS Guides, a leading publisher of ERP software reviews, ratings and evaluation tools, has released a new guide that details how manufacturing companies can gain more value from an ERP software purchase. “Four Steps for Measuring and Maximizing ERP Software Benefits,” written by Jeff Cann, Principal Consultant at Spotlight, Inc., offers a concrete process for measuring and maximizing the benefits of an ERP system during four distinct phases of the software purchase and implementation cycle.

“To achieve the maximum return on your ERP software investment, it’s important to take time to adequately measure and improve enterprise processes,” explained Cann. “This can be achieved by building a business case for ERP improvements, identifying the processes targeted for improvement, establishing a measurement baseline and refining your processes over time.”

Cann’s guide offers a simple blueprint for measuring and maximizing each of these four elements and offers insights for avoiding the common snags that plague ERP implementations, such as cost overruns, schedule delays and poor end-user adoption. The guide also explains what to do if a company doesn’t achieve its desired goals, which can be helpful to manufacturing firms that are trying to salvage a failed ERP initative.

Manufacturing firms that are considering an ERP purchase can click here to access Cann’s guide on the CTS website. Visitors are also invited to download CTS' free Manufacturing Software Selection Kit, which includes detailed reviews of the leading manufacturing software packages, side-by-side products comparisons and the exclusive “ERP Software Champion User’s Guide,” a comprehensive resource for evaluating and purchasing new software.

ABOUT CTS GUIDES

Established in 1983 by Sheldon Needle, CTS was the first company to perform hands-on, independent evaluations of software for the middle market. Since then CTS has helped over 23,000 companies select new software and technology. Today, CTS offers software reviews, ratings, evaluation tools and expert advice that help companies select new manufacturing software. The company's recourses are also widely used by CPAs, consultants and software resellers to assist their clients during the software selection process.

ABOUT SHELDON NEEDLE

A former CFO, consultant and software designer, Sheldon Needle has authored or co-authored more than 20 books on software selection and has contributed articles to major publications, including the Journal of Accountancy and Nation’s Business. CTS was the very first company to do hands-on, independent evaluations of software for the middle market. Sheldon speaks with business owners and managers every day about construction software selection and makes personalized recommendations based on their needs and budget. He is widely known and respected throughout the business software community for his independence, integrity and software selection expertise.

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