Obstacles Encountered in ERP Implementations and How to Avoid Them
Implementing a new ERP system is a large undertaking but is worth it. It will ensure your business operations are optimized, and improved communication through, along with supplier and customers.
But there are many obstacles and speed bumps that can and will present themselves in the middle of an implementation project. In this blog, we'll go over some of the common mistakes that are made, and how to overcome them.
Underestimating Time & Money Required
It's important to have realistic expectations for the resources required for an ERP overhaul. Too often, an unrealistic timeline for the project to be complete is set, o the budget expectations are too low. ERP platforms do not come cheap, but it is crucial to understand they are a long-term investment that will save money in the long-run.
Before embarking on an ERP overhaul, analyze the cost of the ERP platform that suits your business, and how that compares to your current solution's cost, and how a new system fits into projected growth.
Lack of Direction in Planning Process
Modern EP platforms like Epicor are customizable solutions with numerous options that can be tailored to your business needs. This can be both a blessing and a curse.
Being indecisive and slow to make decisions on customizations will hamper progress on the project. To avoid this, define a clear process for these types of decisions, and choose a sponsor to lead the project that will be the champion of the implementation.
Poor Data Management and Migration
One of the biggest tasks of every ERP implementation is the migration of data from the legacy software to the new software. To make this job go as smooth as possible, conduct a data audit to get a 10,000-foot view of all the data your company owns.
From there, delete duplicate data sets and make sure the data that is making the transition is in a file format that is compatible with your new ERP platform.
Lack of Training and Buy-In for End-Users
Let's say your data migration goes smoothly, and you have a plan for how your ERP platform will be customized for your needs. Your project may still be doomed if there is not proper training for end-users.
It is important that employees understand why a new system is being installed, and how to use it effectively. Provide clear training processes and ask for feedback from employees to ensure they are invested into the new ERP as executive level employees are.
Cre8tive Technology & Design is Your Implementation Partner
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