Small, medium and large businesses all can see benefits from an enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems solution as it can help determine return on investment, help provide the information that can address concerns about cost and many other perks. However, implementation can be quite the undertaking, which scares away a good many organizations. The process doesn’t have to be that daunting, though, especially when an experienced implementation and planning team is there to assist.
Before you pull the trigger on an ERP systems implementation, there are some things you can do to get your team ready:
Flexibility is Important
While smaller organizations can get through an implementation with minor changes to their plan, larger organizations need to remain flexible and be ready to augment the rollout as needed.
Finding the right vendor is a critical step in the process, so make sure your team is ready to ask the right questions when their turn comes up. Don’t let the comprehensive list of tools in an ERP system intimidate your or your team – just ask how the vendor can meet your current needs and don’t get sidetracked by the complexities of the system.
Establish a Project Leader
You’ll want a team to watch over the implementation process, so put your best people for the job on this task and pare back some of their regular duties so they can focus on implementation. Have a point man or woman assigned to lead the team – someone who has excellent time management, organization and communication skills.
The implementation process of many ERP systems involves several steps, starting with an analysis of what your organization requires in a system. Some vendors will work with you to design a solution that fits all your business requirements while others will simply help you utilize what is already part of the solution. Any ERP worth its cost will allow some customization as you configure it for your organization. The migration of data can be a dubious task, so make sure your team is ready with files in place, organized and prepared for the new system. The final step is really an ongoing process that will probably span the length of the system’s career at your organization. You’ll refine it and improve the system as your company evolves.
The best implementations involve the guidance of a firm that not only prepares your team for the new ERP, but can also help you find the one that fits you best. Rather than be dazzled into buying something you don’t really need, professional consults have worked with enough ERP systems to know how much is too much, or too little, for your organization.
One Vision Solutions has more than 20 years of experience in assisting organizations, large and small, in implementing their ERP systems. We know how to prep your team and we know how to partner you with the right ERP software. To find out more about our process, contact us today.