An Out-Of-The-Box ERP Solution: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

What is an out-of-the-box ERP solution?

For small businesses, out-of-the box ERP solutions are the norm, although they’re more frequently referred to as small business accounting solutions. While accounting features are the hub, functionality exists for manufacturing, customer management, professional services, retail point of sale and other line of business functionality.

Enterprise ERP solutions are often highly configured and customized to meet a company’s specific objectives. When you calculate savings and additional revenue opportunities, the efficiency gain can be substantial. But the costs can also be substantial… how do you find a happy medium?

Companies with complexity, but without unlimited budgets for customization may wonder, can I get by with an out-of-the-box ERP solution? What am I giving up?

The Good

The best part of an out-of-the-box ERP solution is the low-cost and speed of implementation. For example, with our MCA Spectrum solution for Dynamics 365 offered through Microsoft AppSource, you can get a new implementation up and running in weeks. On average, customers save up to 40% on project costs and implement up to 30% faster.

When you find an out-of-the-box ERP solution that has been pre-configured for your industry, much of the industry functionality is included. You can get an ERP system setup simply without writing a single line of code.

What’s your organization’s secret sauce? If it’s in your product uniqueness or corporate culture, and your business processes closely follow industry standards, you may not need anything more than an out-of-the-box ERP system.

The Bad

If the ERP system doesn’t fit your business processes, going the “easy implementation route” can result in:

  • People working around the system
  • Duplication of effort
  • Efficiency leaks
  • Increase in mistakes
  • Less reliable information

Most companies use their ERP system and connected line of business systems to accelerate their business success. If this can’t be done with an out-of-the-box ERP system, you are missing opportunities to create a competitive advantage.

The Ugly

When you get an out-of-the-box ERP system, you want to be sure you can customize, configure and extend it later if you want to. Not all ERP systems offer the flexibility that Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations does.

With some ERP solutions, you are locked in. You can’t be out-the-box today and add additional functionality tomorrow. Your choices are limited. If you want more options, you’re forced to switch ERP systems. Again.

Why wouldn’t you want the best of both worlds?

Make your next ERP implementation your LAST ERP implementation. Solutions like MCA Spectrum for Dynamics 365 provides the ability to get up-and-running on a simple ERP solution today and have a sophisticated, highly-customized solution in the future.

To learn more about the MCA Spectrum process or Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations, you can contact us and one of our team members will be happy to talk with you.

Author: Mark Lanoue, ERP Pre-Sales

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