ERP Comparison Checklist: 5 Categories to Evaluate

Selecting an ERP system to run your business is a decision that will affect your business for many years. Many products offer the same or similar features, and it can be confusing to sort out what’s important and what’s not. What’s more, investing in a new platform is costly, and that makes the final decision and analysis that much more critical to get right.

We’re offering a free ERP comparison checklist you can use to evaluate the merits of multiple ERP systems. The checklist is customizable: you can fill it out, placing priority on whatever features or benefits are most important to you, and then easily compare multiple companies.

The 5 categories to evaluate

The comparison checklist helps you stack ERP systems against each other and evaluate them in five key areas:

  1. Productivity: How will it increase your productivity?
  2. Functionality: What features does it offer?
  3. Technology: How does it leverage technology?
  4. Value: How does the product’s lifetime cost compare to what you’re getting?
  5. Risk: How does it minimize risk and facilitate security?

The checklist is built to clear up confusion by laying out the benefits under each of these categories in a clean, easy-to-read format. Acumatica’s benefits are already listed; you simply have to add the names of other companies to the appropriate column and check whatever benefits their ERP offers. There’s also a column where you can check the items most important to you (and give that item a more weighty consideration than others).

For example:

  • Under productivity, you might prioritize an ERP system that allows you to work and print documents in multiple languages, removing the language barrier between you and your customers.
  • Under functionality, you might prioritize an ERP system that combines neatly with your CRM in a single database.
  • Under technology, you might prioritize the freedom to move between on premise and cloud deployments, as your needs change.
  • Under value, you might prioritize an ERP system that only charges you for what you use instead of by user count.
  • Under risk, you might prioritize an ERP system with exceptional backup and disaster recovery capabilities.

Choosing a new platform is a big decision and one that shouldn’t be made lightly. We won’t hide the fact that no matter what your priorities are, we believe Acumatica’s Cloud ERP will fulfill them. At the same time, we understand the importance of gathering all the information you can, pitting benefits against each other, and making a deeply informed decision. That’s exactly why we put the comparison checklist together.

Tired of wading through separate articles and trying to remember what you’ve read about each system? Download the evaluation checklist now and start comparing ERPs in one, neatly structured document.

Download ERP Evaluation Checklist

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