The Definitive Guide for Choosing Business Management Software - CHAPTER 7

NaN-tic Sep 24, 2018



From the first day, those responsible for the technological infrastructure of the organization must be at your side. Only they will know how to properly assess the strongness and performance of the tools you are analyzing. In addition, they should end up installing and synchronizing the tool with the rest of corporate applications.


  • If you want to buy a car and you have a mechanic in the family, you will surely ask for advice. So the same with an ERP.
  • CTO managers understand how computer tools are built beyond the benefits they offer.
  • Surely modifications and adaptations of the program will be necessary. The CTO director will know how to evaluate the amount of work that will be required.

The CTO Manager

Imagine that you need to buy a car. If there was a mechanic in the family, it would probably be a good idea to ask him for advice. Plus, wouldn’t his point of view have some value when taking the final decision? You’d listen to his explanation about the pros and cons of different models, and you’d ask him about the future maintenance of each option. And it’s exactly the same when choosing a management tool for your company.

The CTO Manager, and even your IT engineers, must take part in the selection process from day one. In fact, they already know what the best tools are, and not because of the features offered, but because of how they are made. They know which ‘engines’ function better or worse, which are easier to repair, which use robust, modern technology and which are now outdated.

This is where, in general terms, open source software offers an undeniable competitive advantage: it is completely transparent. Anyone can analyse how the software has been made, right down to the finest detail, and where necessary, modify it to adapt it to their own specific needs. No tricks, no pitfalls, no false expectations.

What’s more, you may find that the rest of the company management staff are not able to calibrate the volume of work that adaptations or modifications needed will involve. Perhaps nobody understands the level of compatibility between the different tools that have already been installed. Therefore, the opinion of the Technology Manager, of the ‘Head of Mechanics’, for example, must be taken into serious consideration, as in the end, these are the people who will have to take part in the installation and implementation of the new program and they will have to harmonise it with your pre-existing software. Ignoring or undervaluing their criteria is an error that may be a highly expensive one.


CHAPTER 6: Who should participate in the selection? Involve responsibles for the key departments in the organization

CHAPTER 5: Is open source the best option? Not necessarily, but you should always count on it

CHAPTER 4: Incorporate products developed in open source software into the search. They will broaden your perspective and offer you advantages that perhaps interest you.

CHAPTER 3: How should you start looking for an ERP? The main mistake is to limit the initial search too much.

CHAPTER 2: We find out when is the right time to select an ERP and how long it will take to choose it and start it up.

CHAPTER 1: Selecting a business management program is always a headache. This guide is aspirin that will help you face it.


The Definitive Guide for Choosing Business Management Software