Unless you are running a cookie-cutter franchise, the products, processes, systems and strategies you’ve developed to set your business apart from your competitors can make implementing an ‘off the rack’ ERP system feel like squeezing a square peg into a round hole.
What should you do when the best-fit solution falls far short of a perfect fit?
You could change your business processes to fit the capabilities and limitations of your software package. There is something to be said for reviewing, simplifying and standardizing the way you operate, but there are limits. At the other extreme, giving your IT systems the Savile Row treatment might be appealing to businesses with deep pockets, but it’s not a path for the faint-hearted.
Fortunately, Sage 300 lends itself to a high degree of tailoring, enabling you to adjust an arm or a leg without it costing you one of each. This is made possible by business partners like us (who, like tailors, have differing degrees of skill and experience), and also by a vibrant community of 3rd party developers offering integrated 3rd party add-ons to complement the Sage 300 core modules.Orchid Systems is a leading player in this field and one we recommend quite often.
While many 3rd party developers offer niche products for specific vertical markets, Orchid Systems has taken a different approach. Their products tend to support generic business functions, meaning they can benefit just about any Sage 300 customer.