Do you really need a new ERP?

PostedOn: 2018-04-20 11:37:50

Everywhere you look there is another worksheet. As you walk among the people you hear complaints that the ERP is too hard to use and doesn’t yield the in rank required. Is it time to change your ERP, or could you alter your current one to the same effect?

Diagnose your process problems

Sometimes ERP troubles are really a symptom of processes that should be looked at first. drawing the flow of work as it is today. Are there any steps that do not add value or capacity be unneeded? Does everyone know who their inside buyer is and what requirements they have? Where could you simplify?

If your ERP is in the family way trial in the sequence 1, 2, 3, then 4 but people are working 2, 3, 1, then 4 then the ERP just will not fit. If you are doing things wrong, the fanciest, most expensive ERP in the world won’t solve your problems.

Understand why these occur

Has your business altered? If you chose your recent ERP when you were a make-to-order business but now you are primarily a make-to-stock business, maybe a new ERP will improve your situation. If your patron or some agreement agency has demands today that the ERP cannot present for, a new ERP could be what the doctor ordered. But if you could reset some of the domestic deal switches in your ERP your problems might dissolve.

Influence key decision makers

This could be the most of the essence consideration. Ultimately, the decision whether to vary ERP system or not will be made in the C-suite. If no one there sees a plenty return on their investment there will not be any new ERP. Help them choose. Collect and present data on the cost of the issues you see. Be sure you communicate the reasons for a new ERP and what steps are before now full to ensure ERP is the problem and not a symptom.

Otherwise, you are only griping or whining. Gather some preliminary data from ERP providers so they can see the likely cost and it is possible to see a sensible ROI. Listen to them too. Maybe they are convinced but are waiting for the next round of financing to complete before taking any action.

Think about other promising actions to solve or reduce the pain people feel. Would another element add to your existing ERP be the answer? How about some customization? Maybe it makes sense to change the ERP so it expects the 2, 3, 1, 4 flow you use. The cost of the customization could be less than replacing your ERP, but you may still have to convince senior supervision types to give you a budget to do this.

If you have carried out determined research and can make a convincing argument, state your case now. The complaints and spreadsheets will not go away if you don’t create some energy towards change.