Implementing a new ERP solution brings huge value, but with it risks and disruption. Our guide will help you assess those risks and prepare for the disruption.
The implementation of a new ERP is a huge undertaking with many factors to take into consideration. There are risks involved, but as with everything else in business, the better educated you are about those risks, the better prepared you’ll be to mitigate them.
Our eBook, The myth of seamless ERP implementation: four strategies for mitigating risk outlines how to identify the areas of your business that will be most affected by implementing a new ERP solution, and how to prepare your business for the inevitable disruption that will occur.
- Be realistic
This section outlines the importance of being realistic about the deliverables. It’s important to not only proactively identify and mitigate risks, but to expect disruption to your business operations. It’s important to be aware from the outset that implementing a new ERP is going to cause disruption for your business, your employees, and your customers. However, the benefits ERP will provide your business can be achieved without these disruptions being significant or even necessary.
- The importance of taking ownership
You – and key members of your staff – need to be on-board as part of the project team from day one. You’ll be making contributions at each stage of the project. Your software partner is just that – a partner – they’re not a contractor who’ll sweep in, get everything up and running, and sweep out again. A really successful ERP implementation project involves people from all areas of your business.
- Be aware of the human factor
Before the implementation of a new ERP can begin – and in fact, even before you select your software partner – you need buy-in from everyone on your staff. All your employees need to be open to a big change, and culturally ready for it. It’s essential to address the human change involved as well as the system change.
- Selecting the right ERP for your business
Not all ERP solutions are created equal. It’s essential to do your due diligence, so that you select not only the right solution, but the right partner to help you implement it. Research their history, talk to past customers, find out about their success stories and pay attention to dissatisfied clients who have actual evidence to back up their complaints.
Having the right systems in your business is critical to success and growth. They’re also a big investment, which is why it’s essential to understand the risks associated with bringing a new ERP on board so that your business is prepared for them.