Small and mid-sized companies are increasingly joining the ERP bandwagon. However, ERP implementation is not only a monetary expense to a company but also acts as a costin terms of dedicating resources and time. To benefit from smoother processes and increased profits, the company must have a viable long-term ERP implementation roadmap. Sound ERP planning serves as the foundation for a successful ERP implementation.
Here are a few fail-proof steps to help organisations increase the odds of a successful ERP deployment:

Get top management support

For ERP implementation to be successful it is important that the senior management of the company backs all ERP decisions. However, senior executives don’t need to get involved to the point of knowing every single configuration detail. But they need to be aware of the ERP provider costs, potential risks during ERP implementation and deployment issues that are causing delays to the project.

Conduct a brief ERP planning exercise before considering ERP providers

Prior to looking out for the right ERP provider, start off by listing the scope of your project. Pay keen attention to specific business processes that need ERP integration and analyse the prime requirements of these processes. The more precise you can be during ERP planning, the more comprehensive your ERP providers can be in their pitches.

Appraise your options before selecting your ERP provider

All the ERP vendors that are being considered should be put through several rounds of assessments to check whether they meet all the requirement definitions set in the ERP planning stage. Additionally, the participation and inputs from key stakeholders or process heads in the evaluation stage is paramount, failing which there can be poor acceptance and user adoption post implementation.

Customise only when necessary

Highly customised systems will generate higher cost, not only in the initial ERP deployment stage but also when upgrading over time. Companies with unique requirements must consider whether those requirements can be generalised to eliminate the cost of customisation. A ready-to-deploy ERP solution may offer less flexibility but more stability, and less initial and ongoing cost.

Allocate time and resources for ERP training

Learning a new way of working will require a momentouscommitment from all the ERP users. The project team must take proactive measures to reduce the burden on employees. They must identify department-specific needs and provide relevant training. Sufficient time must then be provided to developthe new skills.

These steps can help a company successfully plan, implement, and evaluate an ERP solution. While ERP implementation may initially seem daunting, the steps listed above will get you well on your way.

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