There are many reasons why Businesses are moving towards ERP implementation. ERP software could perform a wide variety of everyday functions including accounting, reporting, database, Inventory management, Project Management, CRM, and much more. These functions bring a host of different benefits to the company and among those are Optimum efficiency, easier and comprehensive data collection, better customer services, and increased security.
For more information on the benefits of ERP software and to know who requires ERP software, you could read our previous blog here.
To leverage your ERP software to its maximum extent, get all the benefits it has to offer, and to improve the efficiency of your organization, the ERP should be implemented effectively in your organization. If it is not implemented properly, your expensive ERP software will be the biggest wasted investment.
Here are 7 simple tips that would ensure successful ERP implementation.
1. Stakeholder buy-in:
For successful implementation of ERP software in an organization, you should get the stakeholders and the management of the organization to support you completely. There is very high chances of failure if the idea of ERP implementation is not completely sold to the stakeholders. Ensuring the support of the management will also ensure the involvement of everyone within an organization and especially end users.
2. Assert Requirements clearly:
Asserting what your organization requires the ERP software to do is one of the most important first steps in ERP implementation. There are numerous ERP software that are already available, before you decide on choosing one, you should first know what features an ERP should have to streamline processes, and help your organization to achieve optimum efficiency. This helps in reducing time and also repeated iterations and changes.
3. Choosing the right consultant:
There are many aspects of choosing the right consultant for your project. Choosing a consultant who is experienced in ERP implementations related to your industrial sector could greatly increase the chances of successful ERP implementation. This is also help in keeping your project in right track during the long implementation period.
4. A Cross-Functional Team:
However experienced your consultant may be, if there is no input from the end users of your organization, and then your ERP software will at best be useless. There are many challenges in implementing an ERP solution. Selecting a good cross functional team helps you ensure that the software is capable of serving the needs of all the different sectors of your organization. This also helps in creating involvement of end users whose are the primary users of the ERP solution.
5. Focus on User Experience:
An ERP solution is no good if the end user is finding is difficult to use. When you have difficult to use software, the end user would stick to the old process which he/she was comfortable in and avoid the newly implemented solution. A solution that provides a great user experience will encourage the end users to make use of the solution effectively. If also helps them to understand that the process they had been doing earlier as been made easy with the solution.
6. Phase it right:
If your ERP implantation should ever see the light of day, then you should stick to a Minimum Viable product first and ensure its completion. There can be changes made while working in a agile environment but, these changes should not destroy the scope of the ERP which it was intended for. To get it right, you should prioritize the most important features and functionalities in the first phase of release. Then you would have time and most importantly user feedback to add other features and functionalities as an update. This saves resources, time and costs.
7. Setting the right expectations:
Setting the right expectations is very important for successful ERP implementation. It makes it easier to plan effectively, while ensuring if the processes carried out are in line with your idea of the end product. This is also help for measuring the success of failure f your project and to know if all the expectations have been gratified.
During ERP implementations, people tend to make several mistakes which may lead to a failed ERP implementation. To know more about the reasons why ERP implementations fail, you could check out our discussion in an earlier blog.
Another important aspect of ERP implementation is the processes that take place post implementation. This section of ERP integration is more important than the deployment stage as this is where the rubber meets the road. If you would like to learn more about how post ERP implementation processes take place, read our blog about the topic here.
XCEL Corp is among the leading ERP solutions provider in New Jersey and the United States. With over 15 years of experience, XCEL Corp has successfully implemented ERP solutions that have powered many organizations to exponential growth. If you are looking for error free and successful ERP implementations, call us now.