Implementing an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution is not exactly a “walk in the park”. You need a map to know where you are going and stay on the trail that leads to your destination. The more distractions you have, the likelier you could veer off course, as well as risk going over budget. Keep your focus and achieve your ERP goals by working with your colleagues and your software provider to get through your ERP implementation as smoothly as possible. Here are three tips to keep you on the right path.
- Keep focused on the destination. You should have already worked with your team and software provider to develop an outline of the required functionalities in your ERP software solution. Most ERP implementations go over budget and over schedule because someone discovers a new feature to add or another type of data that must be collected in the software. Stick with your plan and don’t change features as your solution is being deployed.
- Be realistic when setting milestones or implementation deadlines. Your software provider will offer realistic timeframes for purchasing and installing hardware, if needed, and deploying the ERP solution. Installing hardware and populating software with corporate data takes time, especially if you want it accomplished off-hours to minimize business interruption. Like speeding can result in a traffic ticket, rushing an implementation can lead to costly mistakes.
- What to do once you reach your destination. All ERP users will need training on how to use the ERP solution properly. Once you have gone live, you want everyone to know how to enter data precisely and accurately each and every time. Epicor® ERP is easy to learn and even easier to use. As more and more business data is collected, you will be able to spot trends and gain insight that can be used to streamline operations and drive growth.
Changes in the scope of work are one of the biggest mistakes made during an ERP implementation. Adding or changing functionalities and unnecessary customization takes time, which also increases the budget. Do you research, stick with the goals you’ve set, and work with your software provider to deliver the right ERP software solution. Contact RAM Software Systems for additional guidance with keeping your ERP implementation on the right path: http://www.ramsys.com/contact.php.
By RAM Software Systems, Epicor ERP partner out of Texas (http://www.ramsys.com/index.php)