1. Does the most recent version of your ERP system still “speak” the language of your industry? Your ERP system needs to fit your business—not the other way around. Your ERP system needs to support your way of manufacturing. With these considerations in mind, it’s crucial that your vendor and upgrade partner have proven and extensive experience working within your specific industry and segment. In addition to having strong technology skills, your solution provider and upgrade partner need to thoroughly understand your business. They should know how best to configure the most recent release of your system to support your processes and increase your level of automation. In addition, your vendor and upgrade partner should possess a depth of knowledge that will allow them to ask the right questions and recommend best practices.