Implementing a new ERP solution should be an exciting time for any organisation. However, I have heard a couple of horror stories about projects that end up on the scrapheap after being poorly managed. There’s no secret formula on how to successfully manage an ERP project on time and within budget. But there is one thing that you need to get right: planning.
The importance of planning an ERP project correctly should not be overlooked. The projects which are often deemed to be the most successful are those which have been planned properly. And it’s not rocket science either. If you’ve never experienced deploying or upgrading a solution before, then you’ll need to do your research. Speak to somebody who has been there and done it and ask them for any advice or what they’d do differently.
Getting a new ERP solution live takes time. Due to the complexity of these solutions they often take a couple of months to implement. That’s why it’s important to plan in advance. Timing is everything. If you’ve got a go-live date in mind, then work backwards. Map out a timeline that doesn’t coincide with any deadlines or compelling events.
Even the best-laid plans have some unexpected hiccups along the way. That’s why you should always factor in some contingency days. That way you’re more than likely to hit your go-live date – and, if everything does go to plan then you’ll be up and running before your planned schedule.
When you’ve selected your system and chosen implementation partner then you’ll usually be allocated a project manager. They will help you with the roll-out of the important project milestones, like blueprinting, training, scoping and go-live.
However, you’ll also need somebody internally managing the project from your side. It’s always advised to have an individual tasked with this responsibility. It’s so much easier when two people are corresponding and organising planned tasks and schedules together.
Your ERP implementation project will only be a success if you have buy-in from across your organisation. Issues begin to crop up when people start pulling in opposite directions. Projects usually run to tight schedules so make sure all your team are always available when tasks are scheduled. Even the slightest delay can end up impacting your go-live date.
Another thing that is often overlooked is the training of your team. If individuals don’t commit to learning how your solution works, there’s a good chance that despite all the planning and execution the project will be deemed a failure. Get your team onside and you’ll see user-adoption soar – along with satisfaction levels.
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