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Avoiding Common Mistakes in ERP Selection: Impacting Factors

Selecting the right enterprise resource planning (ERP) system is a critical decision for any organization.

    1. While these complex software platforms can streamline business operations, enhance efficiency, and significantly impact your company's overall success, ERP selection itself can be a daunting task. Businesses often make mistakes that can lead to costly delays and disruptions during implementation, as well as impact business performance long-term.

“With so many enterprise resource planning options in the marketplace today, selecting a package for your business can be an overwhelming task,” says TechRepublic. “While many companies feel that any software will work and their organizations will simply conform to the functionality of the software, widely publicized ERP failures indicate that this isn’t the best solution.”

To avoid common mistakes in ERP selection, it’s essential to understand the impacting factors that can lead to errors when evaluating enterprise software solutions.

Avoid These 10 Common Mistakes When Selecting An ERP System


Here are 10 common mistakes that organizations make when selecting an ERP system:

1. Not clearly defining business needs and goals. Before you start looking at ERP systems, it's important to have a clear understanding of your business needs and goals. What are you hoping to achieve with an ERP system? What are your key business processes? Once you know what you're looking for, you can start to narrow down your options.

2. Relying on vendor demos alone. Vendor demonstrations can be a great way to learn about ERP systems and their features, but it's important to remember that they're just that: demos. Vendors are going to show you their systems in the best possible light, so it's important to do your own research or work with a consultant who can help better navigate the marketplace.

  1. 3. Underestimating the cost of implementation. ERP systems can be expensive, but the cost of implementation is often even higher. Be sure to factor in the cost of testing, training, data migration, etc. when budgeting for your ERP project.
  2. 4. Not involving key stakeholders in the selection process. ERP systems will impact every department in your business, so it's important to involve key stakeholders in the selection process from the start. This will help to ensure that everyone is on board with the new system and that it meets the needs of the entire business.
  3. 5. Not choosing the right system for your business size and industry. ERP systems come in all shapes and sizes, so it's important to choose a system that's right for your business size and industry. Consider your specific needs and requirements when making your decision.
  4. 6. Not Considering Scalability. Scalability is the ability of an ERP system to grow with your business. When choosing an ERP system, it's important to consider your future growth plans and make sure that the system you choose can scale to meet your needs.
  5. 7. Lack of Planning for Storage Space and Bandwidth: ERP systems can change the way a business uses, stores, and accesses data. When choosing an ERP system, it's important to consider the bigger picture to include where data will be stored, who will be accessing it, and from where.


  1. 8. Not developing a clear implementation plan. Prior to implementing an ERP system, it's critical to develop a clear implementation plan, and this planning should begin as part of the software evaluation. The implementation plan should outline the timeline, budget, and resources needed to implement the system successfully. Of course, you will not be able to formalize all needed aspects of the implementation plan, but during the software selection, you should start to identify potential resources, competing initiatives, and potential constraints that will present themselves during implementation.
  2. 9. Not properly communicating with employees. ERP implementation can be a disruptive process, so it's important to communicate with employees regularly and keep them updated on the progress of the project. This includes communication during the software evaluation process, as well. Employees generally require some degree of visibility and transparency on how their jobs will be impacted by a change in technology, and keeping everyone updated during selection will help reduce resistance during implementation and beyond.
  3. 10. Not Putting Enough Emphasis on User Interface (U/I): U/I is the way that users interact with the ERP system. Choosing an ERP system with a UI that is easy to use and navigate is important.

What are Some Impacting Factors in Common ERP Selection Mistakes?


  1. The following are some common business-impacting factors that can lead to some of the above-outlined mistakes:
  • Lack of knowledge and experience: Businesses that don't have the necessary knowledge and experience in ERP selection are more likely to make mistakes.

  • Time constraints: Businesses that are under pressure to implement an ERP system quickly are more likely to make mistakes.

  • Budget constraints: Businesses with limited budgets are more likely to choose an ERP system that doesn't meet their needs or to underestimate the cost of implementation.

  • Lack of resources: Businesses that don't have the necessary resources, such as staff and time, to dedicate to ERP selection and implementation are more likely to make mistakes.

  • Internal politics: Internal politics can sometimes interfere with the ERP selection process and lead to mistakes.

What You Can Do to Avoid Making ERP Selection Mistakes


Sometimes it is much more helpful to learn “what to do” than “what not to do” and the No. 1 tip for organizations is to be well-informed and prepared.

To supplement that precise advice, here are some of the best ways to avoid common mistakes in ERP selection:

  • Do your research and learn as much as you can about ERP systems.

  • Engage a qualified consultant such as ERP Technology Partners to help you with the selection process.

  • Develop a clear and realistic budget and timeline for the project.

  • Involve key stakeholders in the selection process.

  • Choose an ERP system that is right for your business size and industry.

  • Develop a clear implementation plan.

  • Communicate with employees regularly and keep them updated on the progress of the project.

By following these tips, you can increase your chances of success in choosing an ERP system that can empower your organization to enhance productivity, streamline operations, and achieve sustainable growth.