How to Buy Business Central
Typically speaking, the decision to buy an ERP system is not a whim, it is a long process of education, decisions and strategy. This is the software that will help to drive your business forward and is not something you will do very often.
The chances are, you will not have done this before, or at least not more than a couple of times. So, what is involved? We have put together this brief guide to the main steps – even if you have your own plan, typically you will go through these three stages.
Understanding Your Business
The first major engagement with us will be a discovery conversation – typically 1-2 hours, to understand your business. We will discuss:
- Your business pains – why are you looking for a new solution?
- The functional areas of your company – what do you need to manage?
- Your IT infrastructure – are you in the cloud or on premise?
- What do you want to achieve with the new solution?
- The people in the business and their roles – what licenses will you need?
After this discussion, we will know if Business Central is a good fit for your requirements and provide some budgetary pricing for your business.
What if a bespoke implementation is too much for you?
For some businesses, the cost or capability of an ERP solution may be more than they can justify, even if they would benefit from some of the functionality. When the systems of a business are a barrier to growth, this becomes a catch 22. Our solutions is simple – a fast, low cost “template” implementation of Business Central.
Introducing Fast Financials, the implementation of Business Central that gives the basic requirements that any business needs – financial management, order processing and as an option, inventory management. Of course, when you need more functionality, you can gradually grow the capability and implement the areas you need.
Seeing is Believing
It is possible to see YouTube videos of specific areas, or even giving a free trial a go, but the likelihood is that you will not know what you are looking at and you will struggle to see something that is appropriate to your business. Our experts will tailor demonstrations of the software to your requirements, allowing you to ask questions and even see specific scenarios.
Functional Requirements Investigation
One of the main benefits of Business Central is the fact that it can be configured and customised to suit your exact requirements – your business can get the edge over your competitors by giving you the exact functionality that you need. This paid exercise allows us to spend time on your site to get an in-depth understanding of your processes and the way that you work, so that we can build up an accurate picture. This will allow us to know how much work is required in setup, development and training, and forms the basis of our final quotation.
I find their approach to our relationship very professional whilst being refreshingly realistic. We now consider them to be part of our teamTechnical Director, Bainbridge International