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Understanding the Software Selection Process

Many companies have traditionally leaned on “Requests for Proposal” (RFP)s to guide their organizations during a software selection process for a new accounting and supply chain solution. However, enterprise resource planning (ERP) software as well as cloud software evaluation tools have evolved tremendously rendering accounting software RFPs no longer ideal for software selection or partner decisions. ERP or CRM software offerings are often times non-comparable, consulting partner expertise and team composition can be difficult to estimate in packed RFP process and RFP timeline. For these reasons an RFP may not serve your organization well.

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Today’s modern organizations must look at solving specific business problems rather than simple feature comparisons in your next accounting and supply chain management solution. Only then will your organization be able evaluate software against your prioritized set of core business problems. With the help of robust Microsoft funded programs, senior Avantiico implementors help your team through their selection process for a new ERP, CRM and automation software. Through up front envisioning workshops, business value assessments, and concrete solution review sessions, Avantiico facilitates selection and enables company alignment on business challenges and priorities for your entire organization.

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A study by InformationWeek reported that “nearly half (49%) of enterprise software selection projects take longer than six months to complete”

The Importance of Selecting the Right Microsoft Partner

Organizations across the globe are in a never-ending state of digital evolution- increasing their reliance on cloud software. Mature and modern businesses don’t rely on a single enterprise application to meet the needs of all departments. Instead, organizations make cohesive decisions around a suite of products that will enable certain personas and roles in the company in an agile way. For this reason, selecting a Microsoft Partner who is familiar with your business model and/or industry represents an opportunity for stronger alignment. A Microsoft Partner can help customers scale with Microsoft technology to meet their ever-changing needs. Long before a Microsoft Partner implements or deploys software, they play an advisory role that helps customers envision new solutions and validate opportunities for digital transformation. This can mean formulating a Business Value Assessment (BVA) to justify cost, assessing a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) to project cost, or conducting Envisioning Workshops to create comprehensive roadmaps. As a Microsoft Partner, Avantiico’s focus is the needs of our customers at every stage of their transformation journey.

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Considerations of Enterprise Software Selection

When it comes to selecting accounting, inventory management, WMS or any other cloud software, there are a few key considerations to keep in mind in order to select the best possible option for your business. The first and most important step is to understand your objective in what you are looking for the software to accomplish. You cannot be successful in your search for solutions without understanding what you are looking for. A Microsoft Partner can help you understand current processes, and pain points. Even more importantly, a partner can help you quantify the strategic benefits, cost savings and time savings of new solutions. Once you understand your why, leveraging your business users’ knowledge of the business, you’ll want to put together a comprehensive list of requirements. A Microsoft Partner can help capture functional, usability, budgetary, technological, reporting, scalability and vendor requirements and prioritize their value to the organization.

Facilitating Your Software Selection Process

Through pre-defined assessments, envisioning workshops, and modernization workshops, a Microsoft partner can help you offset the cost of making Microsoft technology and licensing decisions. These funding opportunities can help you reduce your software investment and uncover ways to fund your Microsoft technology usage. A Microsoft Partner can:

  • Ensure you have access to all available funding programs
  • Accelerate your time to value for technology investments
  • Remove the barrier of time to value for solution investments
  • Provide information about relevant assessments and workshops to help determine which is right for your business
  • Aid with right-sizing your agreements through discussions with licensing experts

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