ERP Software Selection

Tough Decisions For Family Businesses

ERP software selection is a critical process for a family business.

One of the fundamental goals for a family business, whose interest is to grow the business in size and profits - simply stated, professionalize the management style of the business!

“Using ERP technology to better organize and manage a family’s business can be a sure-fire success, when the ERP software selection process is done right,” says leading family business expert Don Schwerzler. “If the ERP software selection process is defective, the ERP strategy can become a horrible waste of time and money.”

Schwerzler has been studying and advising family business entrepreneurs for more than 40 years and he is the founder of the Family Business Institute, headquartered in Atlanta GA.

There are many hundreds of ERP software systems available - and they range in cost from "free" to "very expensive", depending on the sophistication or requirements of the host company.

Before selecting the best ERP software system for your family business, we recommend doing a comprehensive analysis of the various work processing functions of the business – and then fixing or updating those processes.

Don’t expect an ERP system to fix problems, especially those problems that require top-level decisions to be made prior to ERP software selection and implementation.

In other words, don’t rush the ERP software selection process!

According to Mike Roman , ERP expert with the Family Business Institute, “When selecting an ERP system, the family business owner should be aware not only what the ERP system can do ‘for’ your business, but also what it can do ‘to’ your business!”

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To help family businesses understand more about the many different types of ERP software systems available, we are sending an invitation to ERP software vendors to post some background information about their ERP company (note - the emphasis is on the ERP company, not their software) on our web site. This is the invitation:

To: ERP Software Vendor

By way of introduction, I have been working with ERP systems (and their predecessors) for more than 20 years. To date I have done more than 60 implementations here in the US and abroad. I also do certification training for APICS.

Don Schwerzler founded the Family Business Institute in the early 80's - the very first multi-disciplined consulting organization for family-owned businesses.

Our web site, was launched late in 2001. It is the highest-ranked, full-service family business resource on the Internet. Each month we register more than 75,000 page views and each month we have visitors from more than 100 different countries.

We are launching a new section on our web site for ERP vendors – a place where you can post some information about your ERP company and to include a link to your web site.

We feel information about your company and your ERP system could help a family-owned business when they are thinking about finding an ERP system for their business.

If you want to take advantage of this offer, please click on: and follow the directions to enter your posting.

Should you have any questions, please give me a call.

Mike Roman

ERP Director

Family Business Institute

Atlanta GA


PLEASE NOTE –The ERP vendor postings on our web site are not, in any way, an endorsement of a particular ERP software system.

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