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Be wary of the software vendor that claims their package works equally well in all of these environments.

No matter how big or small your company, there is a multitude of vendors vying for your software dollars. The bad news is that you must now find a way to sift through all these products to find the one that best meets your business needs.

Unless you are shopping for a very simplistic low-end package it is highly advisable to seek the services of an independent software selection firm.

MRP, MRPII, ERP, APS, MES, CRM, SCM, WMS, TMS, E-business, web-enabled, E-procurement, E-fulfillment, E-manufacturing, collaborative, modular, and scaleable are just a sampling of the terms used to describe (sell) software products.

My first tip is that if after listening to a software vendor representative describe the software for five minutes you still don’t understand what the software does, walk away, you probably can’t afford it anyway.

Some examples of detailed functional requirements are as follows: Don't settle for "yes, we can do that" responses from the software vendor.

It's your responsibility to verify that not only can they do it, but also that they can do it to the level you require.

For example, if you become awestruck with functionality that allows you to access your system remotely from a browser on your PDA, and as a result, overlook critical functionality related to demand planning, you may end up with a system that provides great visibility to the fact that your business is failing.

Never assume a software package “must” be capable of handling something you consider a standard business function.

When you look at the detailed functionality of a product it will be important to have listed detailed functionality requirements of your operation.

This is where companies often make mistakes by emphasizing functionality that they currently don’t have and would like, and overlook core businesses processes that their current system handles well.

Software designed for make-to-stock manufacturers may not work well for a make-to-order manufacturer.