A cautionary tale
It’s frustrating, ugly and complicated
Software tools are supposed to help people do their job. But they are often confusing, cumbersome, and intimidating, which makes getting tasks done excruciatingly painful. So much so that using ERP software can actually get in the way of getting the job done.
We thought it would be helpful if the digital elements within the software looked more like their real-world counterparts because ERP software is typically pretty hard-to-use. So our on-screen invoice looks like the invoices you’re used to seeing on paper. Our notepad looks like, well, a notepad. We also put a lot of thought into how users expect their software to work and then built Paragon to appeal to your natural intuition. By making a system that actually makes sense, we think Paragon is easier to use and doesn’t require a ridiculous amount of training.
Implementations go off the rails
ERP implementation blunders are kind of a “thing” in the software world. What’s worse, these disastrous implementations are getting more and more expensive.
For far too long, ERP implementations gone wrong have been an industry standard. So, when we designed Paragon, we considered all of the challenges that send implementations off the rails and built the system to try and avoid them. That means no more troublesome installations or complicated customizations requiring endless training. It also means we make it simple to transfer your data out of an old system and into a new one.
It never works exactly how you want
ERP isn’t an off-the-shelf type of software. It never suits your needs exactly and customizing your system is more expensive than you think. In fact, it’s often more expensive than the software itself. The cost to map out, code and workflow the changes alone can be huge, never mind maintaining those lines of code during software upgrades.
In a perfect world, simply installing an ERP system would give you access to the tools you need to run your business. But, your business is unique and you need a system that adjusts to your special needs. So we built a system that fits your business without ever having to go through painful and complicated customizations. Paragon was built to be infinitely flexible. That means that you can run your business the way you want and your ERP system will adapt accordingly. Paragon can handle any business logic without even the tiniest change to the core solution. It just needs to be configured, which is as simple as turning switches on and off to set rules (which can be easily changed whenever you want).
It costs an arm and a leg
ERP systems don’t literally cost an arm and a leg. But they aren’t cheap by any means. There are massive upfront costs related to the software itself, enormous fees related to implementation, oh and, let’s not forget the hardware. But, these aren’t even the worst of it. The biggest cost is the loss of productivity and the inability to work while you are getting the system up and running. All of these expenses come upfront with no reliable budget and no reliable timeline.
First off, we reduced all of these mysterious upfront costs. Then, we made Paragon’s pricing real simple. You’ll pay a monthly, per-user subscription fee for Paragon that includes all the modules and updates. You won’t have to pay extra for modules that you won’t use. And, there are no software or server license fees to worry about. And, we let you pay over time so your return on investment is right on top of your expenses. Simple, right?