15 Great ERP Implementation Tips

By: Timothy Rudon

Enterprise Resource Planning implementation can be daunting at times. The good news is that the internet is a good source for informative articles and tips on how you can implement ERP without trouble or heartache.

Here are a few tips by ERP gurus:

1.Create workable ERP implementation goals and plan. Be smart and create a process that has stages and involves all concerned at each stage. Test the ERP at every stage; this will smoothen out kinks when they are small.

2.The ERP implementation should be a hands on process for end users. Involve the employees who will handle ERP process in both planning and execution.

3.In case ERP is not in your skill set then get a ERP consult who will work hand in hand with your team. This will iron out the implementation process and give insights.

4.Give training in ERP importance. Include training costs in the ERP implementation budgets. A well trained team means a lot especially when the organization is new to ERP systems.

5.Tone down ERP ambitions to workable levels. Implement ERP in stages this will ensure returns on your investments. Teams often get carried away and push for going all the way in one go.

6.If you are using a ASP for your hosting model then think about aspects like cookie cutter solutions and customization options.

7.Be smart and choose an ERP that is industry standards based.

8.Well before purchase find out about training and maintenance costs.

9.Look into aspects like expansion / up gradation possibilities.

10.Take a close look at your business processes and determine the changes you may need to implement to fit into the EPR software functions.

11.Before contracting with an ERP vendor do a market survey to determine vendor's stability. Find out how long the vendor has been in the ERP business and his performance.

12.Ensure that the "return on investment" is in figures. Simulate the ERP suite and make calculations to verify figures. Never go buy promises that are not definite numbers.

13.Ask about customization assistance from the vendor. A good vendor must be willing to hold your hand through the ERP implementation process.

14.Get professional help in contract negotiations. Ensure that your interests are well protected.

15.Pay close attention to the ERP implementation, quality of data, workflow. Track the process during season and off season too.

It is important to use certified project managers on your staff to handle ERP processes. ERP needs constant monitoring and human interaction from employees as well as leaders. Use the expertise of the World Wide Web to learn all about ERP so that you make knowledgeable choices.

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