ERP Implementation Disaster- The implementation of a software system—particularly one as complex and expansive as an ERP—requires a holistic knowledge of not only the software in question but an intense understanding of your own organization’s business operations and workflows.
We often take our institutional norms—the way things are done—for granted when we talk about business workflows. Changing these can result in unprecedented growth and, in the case of ERP software, bring more data and insight into your operations than ever before. However, these transformations need to be approached with great thought and care.
With more choice than ever before in terms of software vendors, types of ERP systems, and business operations, the chance to revolutionize your company’s productivity has never been greater. However, with the advent of such choices so, too, does the possibility of catastrophic mistakes become ever greater.
Proper preparation is key to avoiding these pitfalls and can help you learn even more about your own business besides.
Adhering to a general method and creating an implementation plan is the best way to protect your time and your business. Once you’ve learned the principles of how best to integrate an ERP system into your current tech stack, you’ll be ready to apply it to your own industry and organizational needs.
What is ERP implementation?
ERP implementation is the process of selecting, buying, and installing an ERP system for use in your organization. It also includes training your colleagues and team to adapt to the new system and workflows that come along with this change.
Implementing a software can range anywhere from simply downloading an application to your system to coordinating the data of your entire organization. Despite this vast range in time, effort, and money, the implementation of larger software solutions such as ERP or CRM will have similar orienting points when it comes to their implementation.
In short, the ERP implementation process is a heuristic wherein a prospective buyer (you) analyzes the current business plans and data processes, installs and tests the software, migrates data into the new systems, and trains your team in order to adapt to the adoption of a new major tool.