Would you buy the first car that you came across?
A car is an important purchase. Anyone who is looking at buying a car seriously will do some research first. They will find out the right features for them. They will make sure that the specification suits their needs.There are a number of important factors to take into account before making your final choice. Most people will want to look at fuel consumption, vehicle performance, warranty, service and the equipment level for the car. They will probably want to look at a number of options before making their final choice.
Purchasing an MIS system is not unlike buying a car
Just as in the automotive market its important to work out which MIS system is right for you. You will want to understand the various features that are available on different systems. You will want to make sure that the specification is right for you and your company. Doing the right research is vital.The right MIS system will help you control your costs and processes correctly at your company. You will find it easier to make sure that you achieve your cost of production targets. You will also have more time to spend building relationships with your customers.If you choose the wrong system you will be spending a large amount of time trying to work out how to make it fit with your existing processes. You won’t have to control that you are hoping for. You will struggle to achieve your commercial targets. In order to help you choose the right system, we have assembled a quick checklist of the most important things that prospective MIS purchasers should be considering.
Remember, your decision is not just about price.
Naturally the budget is important. You have to be able to justify the benefits of an investment like this. If the price is too high the investments may not be justified. On the other hand, if one of the above issues is ignored because a cheaper system is found it could end up costing you a lot more than you had bargained for.
What is the next stage in choosing the right MIS supplier?
Draw up a specification of exactly what you need in your system. Make sure you cover all your current processes and the ways you want these to develop. Equally, make sure you cover all the points we have discussed in this article. When you come to talk to potential suppliers, make sure you evaluate them against all these points. You may even choose to score them on each point so that you have a structured way of ranking the different opportunities.
It’s a great feeling when you receive delivery of a new car.
It’s just as important to make sure that you have the same feeling when you switch on your new MIS system.
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. We’d be delighted to discuss your requirements and give you a detailed demonstration of our system. We are confident that we can give you some great answers to all the questions raised in the article above.