Common ERP Mistakes- For modern businesses, an enterprise resource planning system is the ideal tool to help the company run more smoothly. ERPs can help you manage and integrate all your important business processes, including HR, sales, marketing, finance and more. With everything housed and accessible in one place, an ERP can save a lot of time and money—but only if it’s implemented properly.
Companies that choose to create their own ERP can be especially susceptible to common errors that may cause confusion and poor functionality—the opposite of an ERP’s intended purpose. To help you on your journey to building an ideal ERP, be sure to avoid these 15 mistakes noted by the members of Forbes Technology Council.
Limit or avoid ERP customizations. A “vanilla” technical implementation forces businesses to standardize back-office processes while maximizing out-of-the-box financial and resource analytic capabilities. Focus your technology innovation energy on applications and initiatives that differentiate your product, drive sales and add value for your customers. – Chris Purcell, PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company
2. Making Technology-Out Decisions
We’re in the fourth era of ERP systems, where we can move from spending most of our IT time patching and upgrading our on-premise systems to helping users adopt new capabilities in SaaS systems and continually transform their business processes. During this change, the user is your best friend. Think of all ERP decisions from the user-out, not from the tech-out. Start with a user-out evaluation process. – Christopher Lazzaro, Associated Electric Cooperative Inc.
3. Not Incorporating Automation And Data Analytics
There is a need for a holistic ERP system design that is self-driven and automated, captures the essence of consumer behavior and uses intelligent data analytics. This type of ERP system is modular and easily maintainable across multiple rollouts and can undertake new features and functionality. This creates an end-to-end supply chain that is profitable for both the users and the organization. – Samir Roshan, Nutanix Inc.