ERP system implementation is a significant undertaking for any business, regardless of the size. On top of the purchase costs, you also need to factor in labour costs and costs for maintenance. All in all, you will be investing a sizeable chunk of money into this system, and so you want to make sure the implementation is as successful as possible. The following tips have been pulled together to help increase the chances of your ERP implementation being a successful one:
Software selection is key
ERP software vendors, like any other vendors, will always play up the positive aspects of their system while downplaying the negative – meaning you may end up with software that isn’t the best for your business. To ensure this doesn’t happen, you need to put potential vendors through a well-structured selection process to discover which system will fit your business.
Select the right ERP consultant
When it comes to selecting your ERP software and making sure it is implemented correctly, one of the main things to get right is your choice of ERP consulting services. The company you choose will not only help you with the implementation of your ERP software but will also help you to get the best out of it as well.
Fail to plan and plan to fail
For any project to succeed, you need to have a plan in place, and an ERP implementation project is no different. Before you even start your ERP system implementation, you should have a robust plan in place as to what needs to be done, who needs to do it, and what timescales they have to make sure the project is complete.
Make sure everyone is on board
If any of your employees suspect that top management is not on board with the ERP project, then they may think that they don’t need to be behind it either. This is why having buy-in for the project throughout the company is key to success – especially from top management. It is highly likely that conflicts will arise during the ERP implementation process that may have an impact on the day to day running of the business, and these will need careful handling.
Make sure you have planned in training
Your ERP system is only as good as the people who use it, and the data it gathers can quite quickly become useless if your employees don’t know how to operate the system correctly – meaning all of the money you have invested will be wasted. You not only need to train employees on their specific roles but also make sure that at least a couple of people in your business are trained upon every aspect of the system so that you can fall back on them if need be.
Be ready to manage change
The introduction of any new system to your business will mean that your employees will have to go through a certain amount of change – and you need to be ready for this. Job roles will be updated or may cease to exist, and businesses processes and procedures will change too – and not everyone will be happy with this. Being prepared to handle change management means you should have a much smoother system implementation, and it will stand you in good stead for the future too.
As you can see, implementing a new ERP system involves a lot of work, but following these tips should help you minimise the stress involved. To ensure your ERP implementation is done correctly, you should contact Greenbeam Consulting to draw on our expertise and experience. You can call us on 0843 523 5630 or send an email to [email protected]