ERP Implementations- When discussing enterprise resource planning (ERP), different resources might get you different answers on what it really is. However, you will definitely come across a running theme of an integrated management system for an organization’s major business processes. Also, it most definitely includes a technological approach, usually with the help of specialized software.
To take the complexity even further, implementing ERP systems in regulated environments places additional restrictions to your systems. This poses the challenges of planning, implementing, and supporting your ERP system in environments such as the manufacture of medical equipment and pharmaceutical products. In fact, the United States Food and Drug Administration has laid out a set of regulations to maintain manufacturing standards and protect consumers.
Here are some of the steps from IFS consulting services experts at Corning Data you can take to make sure you keep your ERP implementations supported, even in regulated environments.
Including all end-users in the decision-making process
A common oversight in the implementation of ERP systems is the shifting focus towards leadership executives, gearing the program towards gaining approval from the management instead of catering towards the needs of the actual end users who will be using the system.
Engaging all stakeholders from the planning to the implementation is a way to make sure that all restrictions and guidelines are followed. This goes beyond the administrative and information technology departments. It’s important to gain insights from finance, manufacturing, and supply chain sections of the organization. More importantly, in a regulated environment, it is imperative to have an understanding of the guidelines applicable to your products and services.
Discuss it with your Service Provider
Legacy ERPs refer to older enterprise systems no longer enhanced, mostly those made from the 80s and 90s. To make sure that your system keeps up, both with the needs of its end-users and the restrictions included in being in a regulated environment, a shift to cloud-based ERP software systems might be the next necessary step. While most legacy ERPs have been bought and reconfigured for cloud-compatibility, it’s better to make sure if the same capability is available for you if you already have an existing system.