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iStock 000025419464Small resized 600For many companies, the long and sometimes tedious process of selecting an enterprise resources planning (ERP) application can be resource intensive. However, businesses should also take into consideration that the ERP selection process should also be given equal attention. The ERP implementation phase is as equally important as the selection process, although an implementation is widely considered a more complex and daunting project – especially if a business does not have an experience ERP partner to manage the process.

However, the implementation of an ERP system does not have to be painful or cause anxiety throughout the management upper ranks. With the proper planning and execution of these crucial steps by your company and a trusted ERP partner like Vision33, an ERP implementation can be a smooth process and one that quickly sees a return on your company’s. Here are three steps to consider once you have decided on an ERP application that is right for your company – these will help ensure a successful ERP implementation:

 1.       Planning

Creating an ERP Implementation project plan will help identify earlier data conversion gaps, business process and functionality problems, and scheduling and personnel concerns. Building a detailed plan with this list of strategic business objectives and how they will be addressed during this implementation not only exponentially increases the likelihood of success but also provides better measure of the ROI for the implementation of an ERP solution.

 2.       Create a Strong Project Team

Assign a project team with employees from sales, customer service, accounting, purchasing, operations and senior management. Each team member should be committed to the success of the project and accountable for specific tasks, i.e. developing a timeline, finalizing objectives, formulating a training plan.

 3.       Scope Management

The objectives of the implementation should be clearly defined prior to implementing the ERP solution. You need to define the scope of implementation. Ideally, the scope should be all inclusive. Examples of objectives would include: Does the solution reduce backlogs? Can the solution improve on-time deliveries? Will you be able to increase workflow production?

For additional points to consider before the implementation phase, contact a qualified Vision33 consultant today.