Six Basics of Preventing Pain in Your ERP Implementation
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." -Leonardo DaVinci
Over the last decade of being involved with customers and implementation partners for ERP projects, I simply cannot overstate the above sentiment - if you keep everything simple, you make an ERP project smooth and constructive.
Let me explain further. I remember hearing multiple horror stories related to heavy solutions like SAP and Oracle including implementation failures, busted budgets, law suits, and other negativity. It is contrary that the ERP project is aimed at easing organization's way of working ends up being another pain itself.
I don't wish to paint a simplistic picture that the ERP journey is necessarily tough and complex. Things have changed with the advent of more user friendly ERP products like Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. But even with the best tools, if you are involved in an ERP implementation you can avoid repeating the mistakes of those who walked before you by heeding these important points:
- Did you check your expectations from the project? Are they realistic and timely? If not, get down to drawing board and write down what you want to achieve. One simple exercise would involve business shareholders discussing their pains before finding a solution. E.g. Is high inventory cost your problem or lack of supply chain visibility bothering your business? Do you get your payments on time and your profitability ratios remains green? Information Technology is definitely an enabler and the journey to implement business solution should start from the business issues.
- Once you know
your problems, you can begin your journey for solutions. The next step is finding the right solution and the partner. Did
your solution partner devote time to exploring your problem ...
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