If you are in the market or a new enterprise resource planning software solution, there are many factors you have to consider when making your selection. Conversely, there are common pitfalls companies and distributors make when transitioning to a new ERP system. In this blog, we’ll go over five common mistakes distributors make while choosing and implementing a new ERP platform.
Choosing the Wrong Vendor
One of the biggest mistakes distributors make when choosing a new ERP system is choosing the wrong implementation partner. Just as you research which ERP solution fits your company, you’ll want to make sure that the implementation partner has the industry knowledge and ability to make sure your switch goes smoothly. Consider looking at a company’s case studies and reaching out to distributors who have used them for an ERP switch to get a better idea of the vendor you are interested in working with.
Not Properly Evaluating Your Needs
When you are looking for ERP software, you’ll need to understand that there isn’t an out-of-the-box solution that works for every company. Do you need a cloud-based product, or will you be better suited with an on-premise solution? What issues do you run into the most that should be fixed by your new ERP system? Ask yourself these questions and more and compare your top priorities to the solutions vendors can provide to your unique case.
Underestimating the Scope and Time Required on an ERP Implementation Project
Implementing a completely new ERP system is a daunting task that can take weeks or even months to complete. One of the worst things you can do is not allow for enough time for an ERP implementation. The process can take even longer if you try to do most o the work on your own with minimal input from your vendor.
No Training or Communication for End-Users
One of the more common reasons that causes an ERP implementation to fail is if there isn’t buy-in from employees. A fully-integrated ERP system touches everyone in your company. That being said, ensure that employees are familiar and comfortable with the program. Preferably before you take your new system live. Failure to do so will result in issues company-wide.
Not Investing in Post-Implementation Maintenance
Work on your ERP software does not stop after implementation. There are constantly new updates that come along that require specific work done by an ERP administrator. This is where having a great implementation partner comes in. They will already have the knowledge of the latest updates of your system. Also, they will be able to help your company stay current when it comes to system maintenance.
Cre8tive Technology & Design Eliminates Mistakes Distributors Make
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