ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software is an expensive tool to buy for your company. However, it is very much worth the cost when looking at the big picture.
With an ERP system, the centralization of data, improved tracking, live updates, and numerous other capabilities will save your company money in the long run and make employees’ jobs significantly easier.
As important as it is, the purchase will be in vain if you’re unable to find a good project manager to help make the ERP implementation a success. An ERP project manager needs to be experienced at problem-solving, working with deadlines, and communicating with various departments. This is due to what some of the main responsibilities of a project manager are.
Here are three important duties:
1. Determine the objectives of the implementation
Before the implementation starts, the project manager should know what the key objectives for a successful implementation are. These should be shared to anyone working on the implementation and updated/changed as needed. It is important for the manager to stay focused on these throughout the implementation as well.
2. Calculate and monitor time and budget spent
Determining where time is best spent (and by who) is key to moving each step along efficiently. Keeping costs in a feasible range for the company is also critical as skyrocketing costs never bring good news. Rather, they are usually an indication of problems.
3. Keep all needed departments and executives up to date on all stages
Any changes, progress, or lack of progress should be shared with important team members. Not only for accountability, but also to discuss any changes or modifications to the objectives, budget, or timing.