To reduce ERP selection risk and angst, focus on the partner and the software
Choosing a new ERP system can be a very fraught process with a low chance of success. The main problem lies in the definition of what you are trying to do, namely: choosing a new ERP system. The fact is that there are a number of ERP systems that are likely to be capable of meeting your requirements. Consequently, and perhaps surprisingly, it is not that important which of the suitable packages you choose. Obviously you will have a set of core requirements, but the really important choice to make is the combination of the ERP system and a partner with whom you can achieve a successful implementation and a profitable on-going relationship.
So how should you go about the business of choosing a new system and software provider?