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blog | March 27, 2015

4 Ways to Ensure ERP Success

60% of all ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software solutions fail to achieve the desired results. Whether it be a failure in ERP implementation or integration with the company’s processes,...

By WorkWiseSoftware

60% of all ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software solutions fail to achieve the desired results. Whether it be a failure in ERP implementation or integration with the company’s processes, it is a scary number that represents a worst case scenario for anyone shopping for an ERP system.

There are many factors that can contribute to a failure, but let’s look at 4 ways to ensure ERP success.

1: Do not sacrifice business results for speed and costs in ERP implementation.

There is a lot of focus put on the costs and speed for an implementation, but these two factors should not come at the expense of choosing a solution that is not the best fit for your company. The costs will come and go for the implementation, but the functionality and fit within your company will stay, and it will ultimately be the key to determining the success of the ERP.

2: Include all executives.

Management needs to be involved in each step of evaluation and implementation. Keeping everyone up to date with important steps in the process, technical aspects, progress, and resources being used will help smooth the process significantly. Along with that, they are the keys to getting all other employees on board with the new software.

3: Do not set expectations too high.

ERP providers will say that their implementation can be done in a short amount of time and at little cost (relatively speaking), but statistics tell a different story. In fact, the average implementation takes 14 months for a small to mid-sized company. Vendors regularly quote numbers in the 6-12 months range in attempt to gain your business.

4: Make ERP training a top priority.

Getting a good system in place is the first step, but it is ultimately useless if the users cannot use it properly. The ERP vendor should offer you multiple training options to help ease the process; this is something that should be discussed while you evaluate all vendors and should play a role in making the final decision as well.

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