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The user experience, the key to your ERP choice



A few years ago, users of professional software were forced to adapt to the tools their company offered them. Today, things have changed: the tools are designed according to the user experience, or UX, which becomes one of the essential criteria for the success of an ERP project. We're taking stock of the situation!

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ERP solutions and customisable interfaces

Adopting an ERP solution is a big change for any company. It will affect all staff, in one way or another – everyone needs different things and works in different ways. If you switch to new software without considering these differences, you'll make a rod for your own back, slowing down take-up or even paving the way for flat-out rejection. For a smoother switch-over – and to make everyone's work easier – the ERP interface should be tailored to different user categories. Let's look at two examples: consultants and management auditors.

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Multi-company ERP solutions: sorting fact from fiction

Companies are now seldom completely independent units, what with holding companies, property investment companies and the like. Even SMEs with 50 employees are typically more than just single entities and under French law, every company must have its own accounts. For groups with subsidiaries, it can all be quite complicated. When it comes to getting management software, these groups tend to focus solely on multi-company ERP software. But the "multi-company" label can apply to a mixed bag of solutions.

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Project management: questions to ask before buying your ERP software

As someone who works in a consultancy, a design or engineering company, or an architectural or software firm, projects management is an everyday concern for you. Your current software is hit and miss. You have management software, accounting software, an Excel file bursting with macros or even an aging ERP solution that brings them all together. In any case, you're starting to see cracks appearing. Perhaps it's time to invest in an integrated specialist management software for business management. Here are a few questions you should ask first.

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PoC and why you need them to pick the right ERP solution

When choosing an ERP solution, there comes a time to see if the software meets your requirements. And to do this you need a proof of concept, or PoC. Send your shortlisted vendors/integration specialists a test scenario and let them show you what their tools can do. You want proof, not just promises.

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Management software: what's in it for a professional services company?

Is your auditing or consulting firm thinking about rolling out management software? You're excited just thinking about it. In theory, it's a smart move: your management tools are seriously out of date and they don't work for you. However, ERP implementation involves shaking up your well-established setup, turning your schedules upside down (and inside out), investing in a long-term project and, last but not least, getting your staff on board. Work through the advantages and disadvantages to find out if your company could benefit from a specialized software.

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How to tell your staff about a new ERP solution in 5 steps

A new ERP solution is a big change for any company. It affects in-house procedures and every member of staff. No one really likes change – and rightly so. With any change, there’s a lot to learn, a lot to get used to and inevitable stress. So, when you get a new ERP solution, you have to banish any fears your staff may have. Here are 5 tips to make sure your new software package gets a warm welcome.

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My life as a developer at Akuiteo

Picture a typical developer: the bearded grump who works by the light of a computer screen. But you won't find that stereotype at many companies – and certainly not at Akuiteo. Being a “dev” is a demanding and structured job that relies on teamwork. Read on to find out about the ins and outs of a developer’s world. It's really not as strange as it seems!

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ERP specifications: 5 mistakes to avoid

Getting a new ERP solution marks the start of a new long-term relationship – and that means several years’ commitment. While you don’t have to draft specifications, this phase can be critical. Your specifications help you compare competing vendors and integration specialists as objectively as possible. How should you go about writing and sticking to your ERP specifications? Here are 5 mistakes to avoid.

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ERP solution rollout: the game as an infographic!

Once you have chosen your ERP solution and signed a contract with a software publisher/integration specialist, you have to crack on with the rollout. And it’s no mean feat! That’s why we’ve devised this little game to take you through the process. Complete the steps to set up your management software, calmly and confidently.

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