This is a great post that gets right to the point about ERP Selections:
Best Practices in ERP Software Selection
Posted 8/2/2006 by Eric Kimberling (ERP Consultant)
ERP vendor selection can be a daunting task, and one that is often not given the appropriate attention. CIOs or other executives in charge of making such major decisions often make decisions based on perception, gut feel, or faulty information. For example, executives often choose ERP software vendors based on what competitors or other large companies have chosen. However, information such as this does not necessarily reflect what is appropriate or inappropriate for your specific company. Further, planning for a successful implementation involves more than choosing the right software; it also involves preparation to ensure that ERP enables measurable improvements to your business.
In choosing an ERP or IT software package and planning for the overall project, executives need to make decisions based on objective and unbiased information rather than gut feel. In particular, organizations should consider the following: