3 Mindsets for Effective ERP Implementation
The implementation of an (new) ERP system is not only one of the biggest projects for a company, it is also one of the most costly, time consuming and complex
26 november 2017
The implementation of an (new) ERP system is not only one of the biggest projects for a company, it is also one of the most costly, time consuming and complex. How to approache such a situation? As we all know, the external is difficult, if not impossible to change. The only one that can change is YOU. Here are three mindsets that can help you respond to the tides of ERP implementation:
Before you start comparing ERP systems and their feautures it is important to start with this step first: evaluate your business processes. Your business, your needs and priorities are unique, so it is essential to first have a clear internal view of what is going on and what it is your company needs. Choosing a (new) ERP system gives you an important opportunity to also critically look at your business processes. Perhaps the new program delivers a better way of inventory tracking or workflows. Be openminded in making your processes more efficient, along with the implementation of a new ERP system. There is no use automating old, wasteful processes.
Next step: examine the different ERP systems that are out there but also check up on the software vendors. Ask as much questions about the feautures of their system as possible, but foremost: ask them to give 3 references of customers that are in the same sector as yours. These companies can be asked about features and their experience with the software and the vendor. Can the vendor not give you these 3 references? Get out of there.
One thing is for sure with an ERP implementation: change is going to come. Change in plans, change in implementation, change in the ERP system and change in business. And plans are going to take other directions when issues rise. Give your team the chance and space to be flexible. The training of the software takes time but the better they know the system the better it is going to be adopted.
Taking a decision to hastefully can lead to a downward disaster. This also goes for the choice and implementation of an (new) ERP sytem.
Take your time to get to know the software and its features within a testing environment. And, be prepared for hiccups.
Yes, there are cases of quick implementations, but still, this is asking a huge commitment of the company as well as the vendor.
You really need to check if the steps are taken correctly and if you have not missed out on something.
So when planning to implement an ERP system, set your mind to be informed, flexible and patient.
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