If You Fail to Plan for an ERP Implementation, You’re Planning to Fail
It’s likely that by now, you’ve heard of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. While purchasing and implementing these systems are a boon to any company, there are difficulties in doing so. An ERP implementation is a journey, and in the end, having the system will be extremely useful to you – but only if you make the right choices along the way.
An ERP software implementation is not something that you can plan half-heartedly. In fact, an ERP software implementation is something that will unquestionably fail if you do plan it half-heartedly. (If you question this advice, check here.)
The best way to plan is to create an ERP team. While it might seem difficult to spare employees to devote all of their time to working with an ERP implementation, it’s one of the best ways to ensure success. Have the team consist of representatives from every department to guarantee a diverse look at how new software will affect the business by departments and as a whole.
Your ERP team will ultimately be in charge of vetting ERP vendors, choosing the final product, mapping business processes, conducting an internal audit, determining which processes to keep and which to change, etc. The responsibility is immense, so choose your team members wisely.
When planning, don’t forget to take into account the substantial amount of time and financial resources that will go into this task. Many implementations fail because a company didn’t budget well enough. The time and money involved will vary depending on which version of which system you choose, but the system vendors should be able to offer a basic estimate.
Above all, don’t be afraid to ask for help. An ERP system implementation is a huge undertaking and businesses that ask for help have lower rates of failure than businesses that attempt to implement on their own. If you don’t feel that you can effectively plan, hire a professional and neutral ERP consultant to analyze your operations, suggest the best ERP software, and work with you through the implementation and launch processes.
Mantralogix has a team of professional consultants to help you successfully implement a new ERP system and move your company to its next level of success. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you.