4 ways to improve your odds of implementing ERP well the first time

Implementing more than one multimillion-dollar ERP system may seem impractical and far-fetched for most companies, but Lora Cecere, Supply Chain Insights' founder and CEO, says it happens regularly.

"I've worked with a number of companies that have implemented ERP three or four times," says Cecere, "and they haven't done it well any of those times."

Because enterprise-wide software implementations eat up precious dollars, man-hours, and resources, Cecere says firms really need to focus on getting it right the first time. "Instead of being in such a hurry to get the implementation done," she explains, "take the time to focus on doing it well. You'd be surprised at how many companies completely miss this point."

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About Bridget McCrea

Bridget McCrea covers business and technology topics for various publications. She can be reached at bridgetmc@earthlink.net.

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what about selection?

I'm surprised that software selection isn't mentioned. If you don't select the right ERP solution, implementation will never be successful.

Even though many consider that selection is only about features and functions, as well as pricing, companies should actually start to plan the implementation even before selecting a winner. Not to mention that the partner they select for the implementation is critical for its success - as important as the ERP solution.