It is estimated over 50% of ERP manufacturing software implementations take longer than expected and over half of those exceed budgeted costs. However, delays and costly setbacks can be circumvented by developing a strong implementation strategy that emphasizes planning, support, and training.
Today we cover three ERP implementation best practices to help you stay on schedule and within budget.
- Plan, plan, plan. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Quite simply, there is no substitute for early and thorough planning. Starting the ERP planning stage can seem daunting in the early stages of an ERP initiative. Begin by having each department define deliverables and goals they want to achieve. Then have each department address business processes they would like to see made more efficient by ERP manufacturing software. Once these goals are in place, you can move on to developing a company-wide strategy constructed around these goals.
- Get support for your project. Implementing an ERP manufacturing software system requires support and collaboration among all departments and processes within your company. Ensure that management and employees alike understand why you are implementing the system and involve them in the planning stages. This gives employees a sense of ownership and they will therefore be more likely to support the new ERP software system.
- Emphasize training. Do not underestimate the value of quality training and support. It is not an area to cut costs. In fact, training is arguably one of the most critical phases in your ERP initiative because a lack of full adoption is such a common barrier. Make certain your ERP vendor provides highly skilled consultants to train your employees on daily use of the software and offers on-going support.