An ERP implementation includes installing your new software, transferring all of your business data, mapping your processes, and then, training your employees to use the software, and how to take advantage of its many benefits – to better do their jobs. Although it may appear to be pretty straightforward, ERP implementation can take months or even years to complete.
Like any other business-related project, successful ERP implementation starts with a clearly defined strategy that includes a well-thought-out plan – everything from analysis and system design, to testing, the much anticipated “go live” moment, and post-deployment support.
But before you dive in, know this – ERP implementation is a process. It needs to start long before you (and your organization) decide, not only which ERP vendor to go with, but which ERP system is best suited to your real business needs.
A final note
A successful ERP implementation doesn’t happen overnight. It requires stringent planning, and generating actionable insights that will lead to better informed decision-making throughout the implementation process. A clearly-defined strategy is the cornerstone of any successful implementation plan. It will also enable you to monitor and measure your Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to track your ERP system performance, so that when you’re finally ready to go live, there will be fewer surprises.
Your ERP vendor should be readily available to you and your team, not only when problems are detected, but to serve as your organization’s long-term partner for support of any kind, and provide you with the help you need to keep your system up and running for many years to come.