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blog | February 11, 2019

The Importance of Having an ERP Strategy

When implementing ERP software for your business it takes more than just purchasing software and implementing it, there are many details and actions that take place between finding your...

By WorkWiseSoftware

When implementing ERP software for your business it takes more than just purchasing software and implementing it, there are many details and actions that take place between finding your perfect ERP software and being able to use it. You will want to come up with a well thought out, detail oriented plan for the entire process. That plan is best known as an ERP strategy. Developing an ERP strategy helps to create a steady roadmap toward implementation and eventual software usage. The end result of ERP implementation should result in an easy transition from your old ERP software (or no software at all) to a new system for your business.

What is ERP?
Enterprise resource planning software, commonly referred to as ERP, is a technology solution and system that organizations use in order to manage their daily business activities. Those activities include procurement, project management, accounting, human resources, finance and manufacturing among others. ERP also allows businesses to integrate information, to store, collect, manage and communicate data across departments, which encourage cross department communication and collaboration.

ERP is designed to create an efficient, better automated and integrated business through its technology solutions. At its core, ERP software is a database management system.

What a Good ERP Strategy Should Have

When a business puts together an ERP strategy, it should include certain phases, goals and details to take into account. Those include:

Taking these factors into account makes it easy to know what your business wants out of an ERP software and provider and it also informs your business on how the implementation process will go.

What Having an ERP Strategy Is Important?

An ERP strategy sets the tone for how your business will react and handle a brand new system. Developing a strategy allows a business and its chosen software provider to make sure deadlines are met, the budget stays intact and any issues that may arise are handled quickly and with ease.

Many ERP implementations tend to not follow their initial schedule because either the business, the selected software provider or both did not fully understand how much of an undertaking the implementation process would be.

It is also important to find an ERP software that will give your business everything that it needs, including specific applications to help multiple departments.

Pros of a well-planned ERP Strategy

Cons of a badly-planned ERP Strategy

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