How much should I budget for the ERP that I am going to purchase? This is a very familiar question I hear often. However I hear the question in a different way. The question being asked is for what price should I buy the ERP. This question is normally asked before you have decided on an ERP package. Once you have finalized the vendor, the budgeting will only be adding up the costs. The price range of ERP’s available is wide, hence the confusion is understandable. It is like buying a car. The real question should be which car(ERP) is right for me?

E-governance is a wide area, covering various aspects of governance and its duties and rights towards the citizens, government employees, other governments, businesses etc using information and communication technologies. While Cloud Computing is an extension of the Internet and Information Technology services. Especially Software as a Service over the net. Cloud computing is opening up new applications in various areas like Medicine, Office Software, Social Media, Space Research etc. Its use in E-governance is inevitable. This article is written in the Indian context.
 

E-governance is a wide area, covering various aspects of governance and its duties and rights towards the citizens, government employees, other governments, businesses etc using information and communication technologies. This article is written mostly in the context of India. However the focus is relating E-governance to Enterprise Resource Planning systems. ERP is a specific area of Information Technology. The relation between E-governance and ICT is much wider. But let us focus on the relation between E-governance and ERP here.

Cloud Computing is opening up new possibilities in different areas. It is nothing but an extension of Information Technology enabled services. Software as a Service (SaaS) is providing low initial cost options for small organizations. Even medium and large organizations can experiment with specific business processes that are suitable for use over the net. In this article we will explore what you need to consider before going in for a Cloud based ERP.
 

You might be considering acquiring an enterprise resource planning software because you heard that a ERP software will standardize all processes in your Org and will streamline them such that you will realize increase in sales and reduction in costs or some other business benefit. Yes, it can help. But are there processes in your Org to streamline. Most small companies work in an adhoc manner. Sometimes working in adhoc manner gives the Org the edge to be more nibble and fast compared to a streamlined Org’s.

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One of the key activities that are involved in selecting the right ERP vendor for your organization is getting and checking references of organizations where the ERP solution has been successfully implemented. This will give you confidence that the solution is somewhat stable and mature. You should not be the one on which the vendor experiments in building their product. Here are some tips for this activity…