Are You Making These Common ERP Mistakes?
Contrary to popular belief, implementing enterprise resource planning software is not too difficult; you just have to know what you are doing before you begin the implementation. Enterprise resource planning failure is often the result of completely avoidable mistakes. Like in most things, when it comes to implementing enterprise resource planning software, knowledge is key. Preparation and a little foresight can take you a long way and ensure the success of your enterprise resource planning system’s success. Over the years, we’ve implemented more than our fair share of enterprise resource planning software (ERP software) systems and have learned a few tricks to ensuring your ERP software’s success. Keep the following tips in mind to avoid the most common mistakes that lead to ERP failure.
- Realize that ERP projects take time.
The most critical mistake you can make is rushing an ERP project. More often than not, ERP projects take over a year to complete, with the average project finishing up at just around 18 months. If you want your ERP accounting software to be fully functioning, you need to have patience during the implementation phase. While the actual implementation only takes a couple of days (or mere hours), getting your ERP software to work for your business is another matter. Don’t rush the process. Take your time and put in the effort necessary to ensure that your software is working to create a more profitable and efficient business.
- Don’t cut corners when it comes to ERP software.
Let’s face it – business software is expensive and we’re all looking for ways to make it more affordable. It’s natural to want to find the least expensive way to complete any project, but when it comes to ERP, there are some definite areas you shouldn’t skimp on. Every part of the implementation process is valuable, and you can’t skip one part without affecting the entire project. Tempting as it may be, cutting back on maintenance costs or software training will only result in ERP failure. In the end, your company (and ERP system) will be much better off paying the costs up front to avoid future problems rather than dealing with an ineffective system due to “cutting corners”.
- Train your staff well.
Arming your employees with the tools they need to succeed is wise; that’s why training your staff on your ERP accounting software is so critical. Don’t expect your employees to pick up on the software’s features and capabilities right away. A new system is always confusing at first, but with the proper training and education, your staff will soon become pros.Spending the time to properly train your employees on your ERP accounting software will also reduce employee resistance and ensure that your staff is ready (and excited) for the software to go-live. Educating your employees on the benefits of ERP is key to employee buy-in and one of the best ways to ensure ERP success. After all, how your employees use (or don’t use the system) will be the ultimate deciding factor in your ERP accounting software’s success or failure.
For most companies, failure is not an option. ERP software is a costly investment and many companies cannot afford the cost (and downtime) of failure. Training your staff properly, investing in a quality solution, spending time in the planning and implementation stages, and setting strategic goals will help ensure the success of your ERP investment.
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