ERP project teams ready to embark on a new or upgraded enterprise technology project are often eager to jump immediately to vendor demos to see the latest and greatest in new tech. Based on years of experience and hundreds of implementations, the independent ERP consultant team at recommending a business process improvement tactic that begins as you evaluate your current state.

we establish a groundwork for each project by analyzing issues in the current state, educating the team on best practices and constructing a future state.

Why Evaluate Your Current State?

We know that if you don’t recognize your current state, it will be impossible to create the future desired state for your business. As teams start the process of endeavor software selection, an evaluation of the current state helps them identify ways to use the best practices built into new ERP solutions to look up operations.

Moreover, a shared view of the current state of operations uncovers for the entire team hidden problems, redundancies or wasted efforts. Current state mapping defines all processes and serves as a visual documentation highlighting any issues.

To Evaluate Your Current State, Start Here

The process to evaluate your current state includes gathering key routine indicators from the past six to twelve months in such areas as:

  • Productivity
  • Customer satisfaction
  • Quality
  • Overtime
  • Inventory dollars
  • Throughput cycle time
  • Shipping/on-time delivery

Following the go-live, compare these KPIs to the new set you observe after using the technology for a specified period of time to document the business process conversion.

Evaluate Your Current State with Process Mapping

The next step as you evaluate your current state is to create process maps or current state gush diagrams for each function, such as Quote to Order and Procure to Pay.

By developing these process maps, we create a way to pinpoint non-value added and wasteful activities in your current state. The ERP project team will then activate the most critical of these activities for root cause solution characterization and subsequent mitigation – two critical steps that wouldn’t have occurred without the current state analysis.