ERP Change Management- With businesses going digital, workplaces are constantly evolving. Processes, technologies, people strategies—changes are being introduced at every level. Legacy processes are being phased out to ensure optimum utilization of available resources and infrastructure. However, such initiatives often result in extensive internal process changes that are not always easy to manage.
Change management involves all the measures companies take to prepare for and support a business change. These include the various methodologies used to optimize the resources, allocated budget, and operations of existing projects. But change management isn’t only about projects and processes; it also includes employees and how their roles get affected. You’ll have to prepare, support, and equip your staff to adopt the proposed changes, or they can result in widespread backlash.
But if you’re using an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, your change management initiatives can be much smoother. Businesses using ERP software are equipped with agile data sharing, a prerequisite for change management. During any internal change or transformation, these types of businesses are better prepared to tackle data access and loss challenges. In this article, we’ll show you three ways in which ERP software supports change management.
Provides access to up-to-date data from a single source
Whenever a business case is made for a change initiative, it’s backed by data. Businesses that prepare themselves well by collecting, storing, and providing accurate data to everyone are the best positioned to successfully execute a change initiative.
How does ERP software help?
All ERP tools have a single, shared database that supports multiple functions. Rather than having separate databases for different departments, businesses have access to a single data source, which leads to higher visibility and streamlined changes across departments. This also makes it easier for change agents—team leads or managers responsible for process changes—to make informed decisions.
ERP dashboards offer visual descriptions of key business/department metrics using color-coded bar charts and graphs. For change management, it’s crucial that all employees have access to data metrics to successfully track and measure change processes. Real-time data enhances situational awareness so that your organization’s leadership and employees have access to accurate, updated information at all times.