19 Jun The Guide to Surviving ERP Implementation
A failed implementation is one of the worst-case scenarios for a potential ERP customer. Unfortunately, even though making the move to a new ERP system costs companies thousands of pounds in investment, certain businesses don’t take implementation as seriously as they should do.
With the stakes so high, knowing what causes the failure of implementing an ERP solution is crucial. This guide will give you the essential information which you need to know when it comes to implementing ERP software – protecting your company’s investment and ensuring a successful future.
1. Poor project management
The scope and size of implementing an ERP system into a business requires an experienced, consistent and dedicated Project Manager. Proper management from beginning to end is essential and without it will have a massive impact on the outcome of the project.
B1 Systems have a team of hands-on professionals devoted to making sure your business has every chance of success when implementing ERP software. They are able to get into the details of the implementation while keeping in mind the needs and pains of the business.
2. Not prioritising the implementation
Some customers don’t realise, in order to put in a new ERP system, they either must offload some work or increase the number of hours they are doing. When working with the partner implementing the ERP system, the customer also must prioritise the project for it to be successful.
Therefore, both the partner and the company’s internal team can work together step-by-step to implement the ERP solution.
3. A poor implementation strategy
The implementation strategy’s main priority should be to achieve the business’s overall goals. If it is not clear on what the ERP is expected to solve within that business, the implementation just becomes a mess.
The right implementation strategy should prioritise financial benefits, business processes and deadlines for that company. Without having clearly defined goals, the whole strategy can become disorganised.
4. A poor internal process
It’s mandatory for a business implementing ERP to understand how much work internally and externally is required. Customers sometimes underestimate the amount of decisions they must make and the amount of effort which goes into them when implementing an ERP system.
The staff in the company understand subconsciously how the process is done but are unable to document it step by step. Without a clear guide on how certain processes work, the ERP system will not run effectively.
In the most extreme scenarios failure of implementing an ERP system can push a company out of business.
However, the most common conclusion would be, everything in the business becomes much more stressful. The days and hours staff work become longer and much harder. A failed ERP implementation will make it harder to produce data needed to analyse your company’s performance. Overall, work-life simply becomes a headache.