In the last few articles we have published, we have talked about the cost of an ERP system and the time it might take to implement such a system, and so now we are moving on to talk about how to ensure your ERP implementation is successful. As an independent ERP consultant with many years of experience, we know that there are many factors at play when we achieve a successful implementation for a business, and so we have rounded up our top tips here:

Exacting Definition

As we talked about in our last blog post, planning is one of the most important steps when it comes to ERP implementation. The more specifically you can hone in on what your individual business processes are and what you require from the system, the more likely it is that your implementation will be successful as your chosen vendor will be clear about what you expect from the system right from day one.

Strong Project Team

By involving employees from all areas of the business in the ERP project right from the start, you should ensure it is supported by all areas of the business. Having key organisational functions represented within the team by both staff and executive management, including IT and project management, should mean that the whole company has buy-in to the implementation from the start.

Plan Long Term

When selecting the new ERP system for your business, try not to just focus on what you need the system to do right now but what you might need it to do in the future. While keeping the actual amount of customisation you want to do to the system now to a minimum, it is always best to also anticipate what you may want the system to be able to handle in the future as your business grows.

New System = New Processes

Many ERP implementations fail as the business expects to be able to adapt the ERP system to the existing processes of the business, rather than taking the opportunity to change the processes within the business that are no longer working. If you try and adapt your new software to fit your old processes, you will more than likely fail to capitalise on the existing efficiencies that are built into the system. As an independent ERP consultant, we can help you look at your business with fresh eyes and identify process improvements that can be introduced at the same time as the new ERP system is implemented.

Phased Implementation

Instead of taking the usual approach which is to want every feature live from day one, think about exactly what features you need first. Having a planned, phased approach like this will allow your project team to focus on the critical functionalities for your company and get these modules live as soon as possible. This will not only allow senior management to be able to see their ROI sooner, but the project team will get a boost from completing phase one of the project successfully, and this will motivate them to move onto phase two with more momentum.

Implementing an ERP system successfully needs not only a cost investment but a time investment as well, and understanding this from the start will greatly facilitate the success of your implementation.

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