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ERP Analysis Consulting Firm

  • 1.  ERP Analysis Consulting Firm

    SILVER CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Apr 19, 2019 02:15 PM
    Did anyone use a consulting company to analyze ERP alternatives to identify pros and cons of various ERPs in your company's architecture?  Also interested in analysis of acquisition approach within ERP roadmap, ideal support structure and total cost of ownership.

    Please no sales responses.  I'd like responses from the user community.  Thanks

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    Sally Hirst
    Director Business Engineering
    Mirion Technologies
    San Ramon CA
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  • 2.  RE: ERP Analysis Consulting Firm

    Posted Apr 22, 2019 03:50 PM
    Edited by Rick Frere Apr 22, 2019 03:51 PM
    Hi Sally,
    We used an excellent resource to do just that at my previous company. Gary Spaid from Alligar - www.alligar.com - helped me sort through more than a dozen ERP's to help us make the right decision. He helped with distilling the information we gathered from user requirement meetings, reviewing pros and cons of every ERP on the market, and assisted me in creating our vendor scorecards for the final three potential vendors. We were able to build out three and 5 year TCO comparisons, and the corresponding board-level presentation materials required to gain approval for the project.
    Since they are vendor agnostic, Alligar was able to truly focus on what was best for us, instead of what was best for their favorite ERP vendors.
    Feel free to send me a message if you want me to introduce you to them.

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    Rick Frere
    Hargrove, Inc.
    Lanham MD
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  • 3.  RE: ERP Analysis Consulting Firm

    Posted Apr 23, 2019 11:46 AM
    Hi Rick,

    It's been a while, but I've been through something exactly what you are referring to back in the early 90's with IBM.  If I remember, it took quite a bit of time.  Being that it was so long ago, can you give me a rough estimate of how long that process, start to finish took?  I realize it will vary depending on type of business and the size etc. but I remember there were pages and pages of questions and somehow they were able to take our long list and narrow it down to 3.  Is that similar to what you went through?  We had subject matter experts from the 8-10 general areas (Finance, Mfg, Sales, Inv. etc. ) each answering questions.  There was a bit of requirements gathering work up front as well.

    I will reach out to them but I was just curious if you had a rough idea of how long the process took.  (6 months?)  More? Less?

    Thanks,


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    TJ Dennis
    CIO
    Wilson Trailer Company
    Sioux City IA
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  • 4.  RE: ERP Analysis Consulting Firm

    Posted May 06, 2019 10:53 AM
    Edited by Rick Frere May 06, 2019 10:53 AM
    Hi TJ,
    Our process matched the one you described very closely. For us, the initial project planning and early approvals took about 6 months, which only got us to the point of starting the discussions with our subject matter experts. The phases from interviewing through to final selection took us 3 months, and then we had another 4 months of project budget approval discussions before we started implementation.
    We really could have gone much more quickly, were it not for the approval delays and availability issues with our subject matter experts.

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    Rick Frere
    Hargrove, Inc.
    Lanham MD
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  • 5.  RE: ERP Analysis Consulting Firm

    SILVER CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted Apr 23, 2019 08:54 AM
    We worked with David Warford from KnowledgePath Consulting. David reviewed our environment, listened to our requirements, and worked with us through the entire process of selecting a vendor. We felt well guided throughout the project.

     

    https://knowledgepathinc.com/



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    Julie Husted
    Senior Financial Applications Administrator
    ALAS Ltd.
    Chicago IL
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