Business start-up question 1): When should one buy an ERP solution? The fact that modern business software has taken on a natural, almost indispensable place in today's corporate governance has led to many young companies, often even when they are still in the process of founding, looking for a suitable ERP solution hold.
Here the fear may play a role, that whoever buys a business software too late, can not make up for lost time. The specter of a plethora of data that can no longer simply be retroactively incorporated into an ERP system, is probably the reason why you look around for an ERP solution so extremely early on.
The founders want to have everything under control, right from the start. Before the first goods delivery has been ordered, before something has been stored in the warehouse, even before personnel has been hired, you want to manage all operations in an ERP solution.
In itself one should not take the zealous young entrepreneur from the verve and the good intentions and it would be easy to say: "Yes, make sure you get an ERP solution as early as possible." But then one important aspect remains unnoticed: the entrepreneurial practice. Only when the company has become operational and when in practice does it become apparent where actual management and planning needs are created does it become clear which kind of ERP solution is needed. It may be, for example, that a company initially only as a major trading would be active. By certain circumstances, it may turn out that you also have a manufacturing into the entrepreneurial activities. Anyone who has decided too early on a commercial ERP solution, without production planning, is no longer flexible and may have to look around very quickly for another ERP solution. In such cases you can ask for a Odoo demo from your ERP vendor .Or the trading company is beginning to provide some services as well, planning maintenance may not be possible in the pre-purchased ERP solution.
In the first year, in most cases, young companies are well able to store all the data, for example in Excel. From Excel spreadsheets, the data can later be easily exported and imported into an ERP solution.
Normally, for a year or so, a company can be well managed without an ERP solution. Should the number of employees, the number of locations, the number of items, or similar developments increase, it is time to look for an ERP solution.