ERP implementation, for some, is a difficult process. For others, it becomes a nightmare. And the difference between the two is proper planning and careful appraisal of their unique business situations.
However, no matter what the size of the company moving in with ERP, the key is sticking to a few basic guidelines in order to minimize the stress of deployment. Basic guidelines and learning from the experience of other enterprises to ensure that the implementation process goes as smooth as possible.
Done correctly, the payoffs are huge for most organizations.
This article lists a few neat tips on rollouts of enterprise resource planning software solutions. They are basic in nature, but still cover almost all areas of consideration for decision makers.
Starting with getting the management on board.
Complete support and commitment of everyone in the office will mean that people will be more likely to comply with new policies and procedures — more so when they see dedication to the new system from the management.
Equally important is having realistic expectations related to time, money and resources and then reserving enough time for employees to adjust to the new system.
Not keeping up with milestones is one of the main reasons why companies fall behind schedule in the implementation phase. Not keeping up with milestones results in delays in the schedule that often are difficult to make up.
A few other tips are listed at the article above, including hiring the right consultant and training.
The last one usually is the difference, even in organization when ERP is perfectly implemented. Not providing the workforce with the right training means any enterprise resource planning solution becomes useless if the employees don’t know how to use the platform correctly.
Give the article a read, it’s a pretty good collection of general tips.
Almost all of which are sure to come in handy.