Once it becomes clear that your business requires an ERP solution to make its next leap forward, your real implementation challenges begin.
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Once it becomes clear that your business requires an ERP solution to make its next leap forward,
your real implementation challenges begin. You need a thorough plan to ensure that the
implementation phase is as short and pain-free as possible – a plan that considers all current and
future business objectives that the ERP system needs to address, as well as any challenges that
apply specifically to your line of work. ERP implementation is a complex process, and missteps are
easy to make, unless your plan is airtight.
Here are 5 best practices that will make your life easier during this challenging process. Keep them
in mind, and you’ll be enjoying the benefits of ERP technology in no time.
1.Understand ERP benefits for specific business processes to secure executive buy-in.While
the myriad benefits of ERP solutions might be obvious to you, other decision makers and
stakeholders in your organization might require some convincing. Getting decision makers
on board is essential, since46% of CIOs surveyedclaimed that the business case for ERP
implementation was “not compelling” enough. Here’s one powerful way to help your ERP
implementation project gain traction: make a list of specific challenges your organization is
currently facing, or business processes that aren’t as efficient as they should be, and then
match these opportunities for improvement with the particular changes that an ERP system
will make to address each one. This will help you secure buy-in from your company’s
executives by demonstrating real, measurable value.
2.Select an ERP solution that addresses your industry needs.
Choosing the right ERP system helps improve ROI, which greatly improves the odds of
securing executive buy-in for such a major change. That’s why you should determine
whether your business can benefit fromindustry-specific ERP solutions. ERP platforms that
are more closely aligned with your business processes take less time to implement because
they require less customization. The more comprehensive your implementation plan is, the
easier it will be to choose the right ERP solution. Your final ERP implementation will also be
better-equipped to perform tasks the way they are expected to be done in your industry.
3.Plan for every contingency.
As mentioned above, ERP implementation tends to be complex, and extenuating
circumstances can arise. Having a contingency plan for each possible challenge can save
you a great deal of time, effort, and money. From data cleansing and migration to user
acceptance and regulatory compliance, it helps to factor in all possible sources of risk and
devise strategies for mitigation. Your data will remain accessible, and your workforce will
continue to perform close to peak productivity during the transition.
4.Consider the need for workforce reallocation.
Since ERP systems improve operational efficiency, it is natural for job responsibilities to
change somewhat. During the implementation phase, workers that have prior experience
with technology rollouts of this kind can be valuable assets, and might be better-suited
than their coworkers as liaisons with your ERP implementation partner. After the
implementation is complete, workers that used to perform a single manual task might find
themselves verifying the results of several ERP-automated processes. Workers that were
once stuck with boring, repetitive duties often find their time freed up for more creative or
customer-oriented responsibilities that require a human touch that ERP systems can’t
5.Invest in training and change management.
According to82% of CIO respondents, one of the biggest barriers to implementation is the
resistance to change. Some team members are bound to hesitate when asked to start using
a new ERP system, and might also be unaccustomed to the degree of tracking and visibility
that ERP solutions provide. Keeping employees engaged and soliciting their feedback is
critical for quick and painless user adoption. To dispel feelings of anxiety, it helps to
generate excitement around the shift by highlighting the positives associated with ERP
systems, such as automation of repetitive processes or better data availability.
Your employees will also require initial and ongoing training and support to ensure that all
personnel are comfortable with the system and prepared to get the most out of using it. YourERP
implementation partneris an indispensable resource in this regard that can help your employees
quickly acclimate to the new ERP platform. Use regularly scheduled meetings with your
implementation partner to quickly address training-related challenges, some of which might
indicate a gap between the ERP system’s capabilities and user expectations.
Successful ERP implementation relies on understanding your needs and setting expectations,
choosing the right solution, thoroughly planning for contingencies, appropriately allocating
resources, and preparing your workforce for the road ahead. By paying attention to these five
essential aspects, your ERP solution will take less time and investment to roll out, will offer
functionality that works better for your business, and will quickly gain support from all levels in
To discover whether implementing an ERP solution is the right choice for your business,
pleasecontact Visionet Systemsfor your free consultation.