Enterprise resource planning can be a difficult and complex software to understand because there are many layers and ways to use the software, such as on-premise and cloud, which we talked about in a recent blog post. Due to the fact that the software is very intricate, there is the unfortunate opportunity to make mistakes, which is something that we would all like to avoid no matter what. Those mistakes can be harmless, but there is also the chance it could lead your business to potential failures too. In today’s blog post, we’ll talk about five ERP failures and the best ways to avoid making them.
Like previously mentioned, cloud and on-premise enterprise resource planning software gives you the same outcome, but with a totally different way of executing your needs. It is important to consider a few factors before deciding which type of software is best for you. Would you prefer to run your software in the house? How much money are you willing to spend? Is your IT department equipped and tech-savvy enough to handle the software? Not weighing the pros and cons of both types of software could lead you to spend more money than intended or placing too much of a workload onto your IT department.
Taking on a new project can be both exciting and daunting depending on the person. For an IT department, it is easy to experience slowdowns and feel frustrated while trying to learn a brand new system. Insufficient training and lack of involvement are also pitfalls that come with a lack of company engagement. In order to avoid an issue like this, it’s important to make sure everyone who will be using the software is knowledgeable about what they will be using as well as understanding that learning a new software takes time and patience.
There are many features to this kind of software, so much so that it may be easy to get wrapped up in those details and forget what it is that you really need out of an enterprise resource planning software. It may seem obvious to choose the ERP with the most features, but it’s important to prioritize the features that you need versus the appealing, shiny ones that you may never use.
Implementing the software is only one step, it’s important to remember that maintaining and improving ERP is also a vital factor. After a period of time, your system can become out of date, which means that updates need to be made. Creating a maintenance strategy and knowing who in your company is responsible for said maintenance, lets employees know what needs to be done to maintain and improve the software system.
As complex as enterprise resource planning software is, it is important to be aware of the pitfalls that can come with it. While these mistakes are common, they are avoidable if businesses make sure to have an open line of communication, know exactly what they want out of their software and understand that ERP requires a constant maintenance.