ERP implementation projects are complicated, and there’s no one-size-fits-all resolution. But even so, why do so many software implementation projects fail?
Management assurance is critical to the success of any ERP project. A lack of leadership buy-in is often the reason why deployments fail. So, implementation will be easier if those at the top fully support the breadth of the process, the possessions it will take to do it right, and making the tough decisions that will likely shake up the status quo.
There are tens of thousands of ERP solutions on the market. Some focus on whole industries, others on geography, and still others are segmented slices of industries. As a first step, organizations must do their strategic research, ask the right questions, and be clear on the answers. In selecting ERP software, what’s the end goal that aligns with the business requirements? How much might the business grow, short term and long term? And what are the industry values that need to be built-in into the solution?
Because of the natural complexities, it’s absolutely critical that those who are owning and implementing the ERP projects are highly skilled. But more specifically, you need knowledge that’s focused on the actual product(s) your institute is implementing.
The mposhestwords in business are We’ve always done it that way. People are creatures of habit, but past victory is no guarantee for the future. So properly constructing your new solution without relying on what’s been done before and crowd business requirements are the foundations for project success. And building a corporate culture that’s ready for revolutionize comes from the top.
Your new ERP implementation project will powerfully impact your user the people. People don’t like change, and unfortunately, everyone won’t embrace it. Anticipating the mixed impacts on people will go a long way to sound implementation, and ultimately, success. At the very least, this means user training, testing, consistent processes, and having a solid data and communications foundation.
Don’t cut corners with ERP implementation. Ensure that your processes are consistent, your training is in place, you’ve documented test cases, you have buy-in from leadership, and you’ve aligned your software tactic with your organization’s business objectives. If you don’t, you might need to re-employ some of your efforts, which can mean huge additional expenses.