30 questions every CFO should ask about software implementation costs
When companies are ready to upgrade from QuickBooks or another entry level accounting software to a midmarket system the first question is, "How much will cost?" Unlike other purchases, it's not as easy as finding a price tag on the bottom of the box. There are many variables that all factor into the total project price and software is only a small fraction of that cost.
The 28-page white paper, from CAL Business Solutions, Inc., a Connecticut Microsoft Dynamics GP partner, takes the guesswork out of determining the real cost of a complete ERP/accounting software project. While the paper uses Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains) as the example, the principles apply to almost any midmarket accounting software system.
The paper is divided into 3 sections: Software, Service and Hardware. Plus 3 bonus sections including: What to Do Before the Quote, How to Pick the Right Software Partner, and Why Do ERP Projects Go Over Budget. Plus a Project Cost Worksheet for calculating expenses during the quote and proposal stage.
"Many companies focus on just the cost of the accounting software licenses and forget about the additional costs of installing and implementing the software. Plus the price of hardware, integration to others systems, converting your data, training your employees, and ongoing support costs." Says George Mackiewicz, owner of CAL Business Solutions. "We know people crave honesty and facts and we want to give them information up front to help avoid sticker shock later."
The information in the white paper is presented in plain English without having to decipher acronyms and software jargon. It can be used as a first step to educate software buyers before the software selection process or to make sure you are negotiating the best deal when ready to sign a contract.
You can download the complete white paper .