Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is an enterprise-wide information system designed to coordinate all the resources, information, and activities needed to complete business processes. An ERP system supports most of the business system that maintains in a single database the data needed for a variety of business functions such as Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, Financials, Projects, Human Resources and Customer Relationship Management.
ERP consulting consists of the service provided for selection, implementation, training, support and guidance of an Enterprise Resource Planning system. A fully integrated ERP system, in turn, will consist of integrated business applications that include: human resources, finance, order processing, shipping and receiving and a sales and service function.
Understanding your needs is the first component of picking an ERP consultant, but beyond that what is ERP consulting exactly? Here are a few things to consider: