5 Tips On Successfully Implementing ERP
Enterprise resource management, otherwise known as ERP is a process that companies use to both manage, and integrate crucial parts of their businesses. A number of ERP software applications are of great importance to companies as they ensure the smooth implementation of resource planning through the integration of all the processes that are needed to keep their companies running, with a sole system. A good ERP system has the ability to plan, purchase stock and inventory, conduct sales, manage marketing, finance, and human resources, and much more.
Does that sound like something you want? Of course it does. But wanting it, then implementing it, and making it work is a whole new story. Here are five tips to help you get it right.
Here is the Finterton guide to the top 5 things every software developer should know.
1. Make sure your staff are up to date
The implementations and even the methods used in ERP have changed drastically from how they were 20 years ago and at the rate technology and business moves today, even a year can be out of date. If one of your executives is 100% sure that they know all about ERP, the chances are that they don’t so you should consider either getting them up to speed or hiring someone that already is. Get someone who has experience of a recent implementation and can easily refer to best practices.
2. Consider Agile development
The classic type of project management- the waterfall method- just doesn’t cut it any more and often results in disappointment when the project comes to an end and the solution is not met. These unexpected outcomes and delays can be terrible for a business so instead you should opt to use an Agile development approach. Agile is a lightweight framework that works by promoting iterative development throughout the lifecycle of a project, promoting collaboration between departments and ongoing communication.
3. Put your people first
You need to be sure you have the right people in your team before you try to implement ERP. IF you think this tech is going to solve every problem your business has, then you are in for a nasty surprise. Make sure your team knows how to work together, are open to new ideas, are adaptive and positive, and that the processes they need to support them, are already in place.
4. Get leadership endorsement
Having at least one member of the executive team on board is essential to your success. ERP has to be brought in from the top and needs support from leadership in order to ensure uptake among other staff. Without an executive sponsor, you will lack the buy in and commitment you need for intensive and resource-heavy moments of implementation.
5. Be supported with implementation
If someone is not supporting implementation, particularly someone in management, they need to either get on board or be removed. As harsh as it might sound, ERP is a transformation and needs to be managed as such, without any undue obstacles. The only way to do this is to be grounded and ensure strong communication at every step.
Authored by the Finerton.com News Team (Malta)
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