It’s a well-established fact that ERP systems can be difficult to implement. During the process, a business’ core system is changed and any mistake or loss of data could jeopardize the overall health of the organization.
Several issues stand in the way of effortless implementation. Poor requirement gathering, a failure to focus on end users, underestimating the experience required for implementation and implementing the system all at once could all lead to issues.
In order to minimize any potential issues, it’s best to work parallel to an enterprise software implementation methodology. This is a system that enables a specific and tailored approach towards the process. ERP implementation simply cannot occur through the selection of a one-size-fits-all solution, and so its best to take an approach that’s planned and built for your business only. The best-fit ERP system will have to be chosen, following the selection of the right partner with the right implementation process.
So what should you be looking for in the realm of implementation practices? A few major factors separate effective methodologies from ones that will produce mediocre results, and it’s well worth mulling them over before you begin the process.
Studies show that 70 percent of ERP implementations fail, and there are many reasons why this could happen. However, what’s clear is that a large number of these point towards a failure in the selection of the right vendor and the best-suited implementation methodology.
An effective ERP implementation methodology is characterized by several key essentials:
With the combination of the right partner and the perfect ERP implementation methodology, you’ll get to enjoy a number of benefits - not limited to a smooth implementation.
A good methodology is rigid, yet flexible. It’s tailored to your specific needs, allowing for software implementation that’s error-free and less time consuming than in the case of a generic approach.
The amount of customization can be modified. As we’ve already explained, customization can end up being quite costly - especially when it’s not needed. However, a tailored implementation methodology takes in consideration your organizational specifics to yield the best results in terms of customizing the system and the deployment approach.
ERP implementation methodologies also put a lot of focus on testing and training. Comprehensive testing prior to going live identifies problems and allows for a smooth roll-out of the new system. Typical workload testing is insufficient and experienced partners know to test for the company’s specific workload and workflow. Through professional and tailored implementation, regulatory compliance and data safety are both guaranteed due to the experience and the background of the team handling the process.
Training is also key, and one of the benefits of having this done by the implementation team is that a hands-on approach yields much better results. A presentation isn’t sufficient to tackle all the challenges users are going to face, so it’s better to be able to identify the organization’s needs for further and more detailed training, and then have the implementation team deliver on this.
Sapphire Systems is a business with the experience and the background with a wide array of clients to ensure implementation success regardless of the company’s size or industry. All processes are handled with minimum disruption while providing technical skills and know-how for guaranteed project success.
Sapphire has also worked on the development of free software selection and implementation masterclasses. These webinars provide essential information to organizations interested in changing their business management software but being clueless about where to start. Register for the next one today for free and find out more about ERP implementation.
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