Every day within our society, competition gets tougher and tougher. Thus, we are faced with the need to take advantage of the data we process. Through the process of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), companies can improve operations and provide faster customer response. Choosing the correct solution is only half of what will enable a smooth transition.
In following these several tips, a smoother transition to an ERP Solution will be ensured:
Form a Strategic Plan:
It is best to first develop a plan and assign team members that can each be committed to the success of the ERP implementation. In doing so, the team and your company will be prepared to the incoming system. By forming a strategic plan, the ERP implementation becomes transparent, a business vision is established.
Although implementation of ERP systems can never go about flawlessly, it is best to prevent as much of the hiccups as you can. Understanding how ERP solutions is a key component to deciding whether or not to go through with the implementation.
Training and Testing:
Have the project team practice in a testing scenario to confirm everything works accordingly. It is best to ensure all issues are resolved here so that all systems may work in harmony with each other. It is also cost effective to train in-house and do periodic refresher training.
Post Implementation Evaluation:
Once the ERP solution has been implemented, it is best to develop an evaluation plan, to determine how effective in meeting your set goals and objectives from the beginning of the plan was. This can involve asking employees how they are receiving the new solution and how they feel about the ease of use.
Example: Comparing Pre-implementation Numbers to Post-Implementation Numbers.
Don’t Lose Focus:
Once ERP is developed and implemented it is best to not lose focus from the solution. You should continuously search for updates and improvements to incorporate into your processes. Improvements should be made especially for the areas where errors are more prone to happen or business may be slowed. This is vital as periodically reviewing the system’s performance can maximize your ROI (return on investment).
Utilizing these tips, implementation of an ERP system should go about flawlessly and prove most fruitful. Along the line, there will be hiccups, but commitment is key to ensuring the success of an ERP implementation.
Written by Trevor Mangru, Team Member of Infinity Computer Systems.