2015 brought many advances and changes to Enterprise Resource Planning as the industry continually seeks to improve product and service offerings for companies doing business in a global economy. Some of the trends we spotted last year may impact any ERP implementation you have planned for this year. Make sure that your ERP vendor keeps you abreast of all the latest trends and understand how it affects your particular business.
1. As more organizations (including small and medium businesses) continue to adopt ERP solutions, cloud solutions have become easier to deploy and more cost-effective. In fact, “cloud” is no longer just a trendy buzzword within the industry but a viable option for many organizations; cloud ERP implementations may eventually become more the rule than the exception. Weigh the benefits of cloud vs. on-premise ERP implementation If you haven’t already.
2. While 2015 saw plenty of ERP implementation success stories, it also saw a rising number of failures. Even an experienced project manager may not have the skill set required to get a difficult ERP implementation back on track if something goes wrong. Your ERP implementation partner should have project recovery specialists on their team as these are becoming more critical to successful implementations.
3. Success depends largely on how well your organization is willing to effect the necessary industry process reengineering and change management that should accompany any ERP implementation. You can’t expect to roll out an enterprise wide solution without a significant amount of planning, training and ongoing support. Make sure training sessions are tailored to meet the needs of each department or function and that your ERP vendor will continue to work with you through and beyond the transition.