People are often reluctant to hire an expert. They think they can do it themselves. Often times this makes sense. You can use TurboTax instead of using a CPA for your tax returns. You can hire a contractor to fix some plumbing fiasco in your house or do it yourself. If you do it yourself, for first time home owners, it’s going to take some education and trial and error. But you’ll probably eventually fix the problem.
So there are a lot of things you can do for yourself. An important first decision is to consider two things:
- Do you have the time to devote to the task and is it a good use of your time?
- Do you have the expertise to complete the task with a reasonable level of success?
To the first concern, is the task really worth your time? You have to consider not only the time you will devote to the task, but also the opportunity cost of pursuing this particular task instead of the myriads of others you have to choose from. If you’re running a business with day to day demands, taking on another task probably doesn’t make sense. You will want to delegate it to others or outsource it.
And now competency. Do you have the ability to accomplish the task? If you don’t have the ability are you willing to invest in acquiring the ability? Some skills are easy to pick up and the downside of failing in the task isn’t that great. Simple HTML coding is a good example. Other skills take a great amount of time to acquire and failing in the task can be very bad. Handling your own defense in a criminal trial is an extreme example (but people do it).
ERP system implementations can be done by the end user organization. People do this with QuickBooks all the time. We even set up an entire product/service offering to provide this for Dynamics GP at www.myGPcloud.com. Check it out. If you choose the do-it-yourself method to set up an ERP system you will certainly experience some trial and error scenarios and you will have to educate yourself about a number of things. But it can be done. We have lots of people who have.
But if you don’t have the time nor the expertise for mid-range ERP system implementations, hire an expert. It will be worth it. An expert knows the software and how people use it. They are familiar with dozens of different business processes other have used the software to enhance.
This is why an expert is worth it:
- An expert will make sure that the software is set up to best meet your needs. This ensures that you will receive the most benefit from your investment. That’s why you decided to implement a new ERP system in the first place.
- An expert will complete the project in less elapsed time. This means you will start receiving the benefits of your new system earlier. This shortens the time to an ROI.
- An expert can train you and your staff on how to use the new system. Not only do they know how the software works they are also good at transferring knowledge to others. It’s part of the job. This means that you and your staff will be able to take advantage of the benefits your new system can deliver.
- An expert will also keep your system implementation on track and in scope. This means that the project will actually be completed and you can take advantage of the benefits of your new ERP system.
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