The number one reason that most companies quote for not working with an independent ERP consultant is cost. In fact, many businesses feel that they will save money by not working with one. However, although this may be true in the short-term, in the long-term the lack of an experienced consultant to help with your ERP project may actually cost you more money in the guise of you making expensive and time-consuming mistakes that will lead you to not getting the best from your chosen ERP system. In this article, we will talk about some of the ways that your independent ERP consultant can help to make your life a little easier during implementation and ensure that the whole project is a success for you and your team.
ERP Implementation Experience
Implementing a new ERP system is not an everyday task for most companies – in fact, it’s not even a yearly task. Most companies will only go through the pain of implementing a new system every decade, and so the majority of your staff may not have been through one before. A consultant, on the other hand, deals with many different ERP implementations as part of their day to day life, and so have a wealth of experience to draw on in order to ensure your project is completed on time, on budget and meets your objectives.
Another task that ERP consultants deal with on a regular basis is the management of change within an organisation when they go through the process of implementing a new software system. Changing your systems means changing your processes, and this can be a lot of change for your employees in a short space of time. Your consultant will be able to advise you on how to make the transition from the old way of working to the new as painless as possible for you and your employees.
Focus on Benefits
When you go down the route of changing your ERP system, it can be quite easy to get distracted by all the fancy things systems can now do and end up buying a system that has lots of ‘bells and whistles’ but can’t handle some of the basics. What your independent ERP consultant can do is help you identify your requirements for the system, then keep you on track by reminding you of what you need the software to do in order to achieve the business benefits you want to get out of it.
Plan for Success
More than likely you have employees in your business with some project management experience, and you may think that they will be suitable to run your ERP project. However, a successful ERP implementation relies on you realising that it is a risky and complex project that has to go through certain steps. These steps have to be followed in a logical manner, and you can’t miss steps out or shorten the time allowed for them because you can’t wait to get the new system up and running. Your independent consultant had the knowledge and experience to help you to prevent any problems that may derail your project before it is finished.
Of course, we are not saying that the success of your implementation project relies purely on you working with the right independent ERP consultant, but it is certainly a critical part of the process. If you are thinking about changing your ERP system, we can help to make your life easier so contact us today on 0843 523 5630 or send us an email to [email protected] if you prefer.