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Ensuring a Smooth ERP Project in Five Easy Steps

Downtime in any business causes disruption to productivity and usually results in loss of earnings — something even larger businesses can ill afford.

With small companies now recognising the benefits of ERP to their business, what can be done to ensure a smooth transition from older, obsolete software and systems to your chosen business management solution?

1.      Understand your Situation

First, establish how an ERP solution could support your organisational strategy. Map out the processes, departments and people likely to be affected. Then, shop around for an ERP solution that suits your company best — not all business management software is flexible enough to meet your changing needs.

2.      Talk to Others

Get recommendations about the most suitable solutions for your company and industry. After this has been done, find a partner with the experience and expertise to deliver what your business needs.

3.      Develop a Plan

Managers from key departments in your company should be part of the project planning team. They may have insights, experience or objections that you’ll need to take into account at implementation and beyond. Appoint a dedicated project manager to work closely with your chosen partner, and to work internally to ensure deadlines are met and expectations handled.

4.      Get Fully Trained

After promoting the new ERP system internally, it’s time for training. Thorough training at an early stage builds user acceptance and avoids ‘IT apathy’. Don’t cut back on the training budget either. Proper training can make all the difference.

5.      Don’t Stand Still

After the ‘go-live’ date, evaluate the success of the system. Despite good planning, you’ll change as you grow — many ERP solutions are easily configured to meet the changing needs of your business.

IIS is one of Europe’s leading SAP Business Onepartners, with more than 350 successful implementations to date. If you’re looking for help planning your ERP project — contact us today.

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