ERP - Enterprise Resource PlanningBy Peter Munnerlyn

Implementing an ERP system is a huge decision for any business and will lead to lasting effects on the company.

The following is a list of best practices that we have seen over the years conducting a countless number of ERP implementations:

  • Select an appropriate ERP system. The successful implementation of the ERP system is more than just the system selected but also the culture of both organizations must be a match. In strong cultured organizations it is important that a vendor have similar cultures so that a good working relationship is developed.
  • Implement your ERP system in stages. By rolling it out in stages it gives personnel the ability to transition to the new system and not be overwhelmed by the mass of the entirely new system. They can learn the system piece by piece as they are implemented and will gain a better understanding of the individual modules and how they feed into one another and integrate. It gives the company the ability to start slow and grow into the system.
  • Review of internal business processes. As previously stated in selection of the ERP system it is important to find one that fits the needs of the organization. Also the processes of the organization may not be as efficient as possible and this review can identify these issues and correct them. The review of business processes should then be able to be mapped to the processes of the ERP system selected and put into a project plan for the implementation stage of the ERP system. This will also help identify if changes to the ERP system needs to be made in order for the implementation to be successful.
  • Management must set realistic expectations. This is a big project that affects the majority of the company and management must be patient with the implementation. There will inevitably be delays in the project and management must remain committed to the process. A good project plan on the implementation will help tremendously in setting expectation of all parties involved in the implementation of the ERP system. Schedule pressures lead to many difficulties such as roll-out including incomplete data preparation and conversion, rushed trainings, and/or a lack of communication between the project team, managers, and employees.

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