Five ERP Implementation Traps you Want to Avoid

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Implementation of new ERP Software usually has many steps, of which quite a few things could go wrong if you’re not careful. Here are a few top scenarios to be aware of, but remember that a qualified ERP software partner can help you navigate the implementation process without falling into these traps:

  1. Program Management: Managing all of the different moving parts of the software implementation, such as business process improvements, business acceptance, and organizational change management, requires strong program management, governance, and controls.
  2. Business Process and Workflow Definition and Improvement: Business process improvements, workflows within and outside the system, and employee roles within the system all need to be defined before the system can be fully adopted.
  3. Business and Technical Integration: Integration to systems and business processes outside the system need to be managed from a technical and business design and testing perspective; otherwise, the system will be fragmented and disjointed, which defeats the whole purpose of ERP.
  4. Globalization and Localization: Many organizations want to standardize business processes across multiple locations and countries, but some level of localization needs to take place. Whether it’s local regulatory needs, reporting requirements, or shipping and customs processes, some aspects of the global rollout may require localization and can delay a project if these aspects aren’t defined early on.
  5. Independent Oversight of Technical Resources: Without clear direction, guidance, and project controls, it is easy to fall into a spiral of unnecessary customization, configuration, and set-up that doesn’t meet key business requirements and results in higher costs and longer durations.

If you want to learn more about ERP Implementation DO’S, contact us at Sikich. We are a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and Microsoft Inner Circle member serving St. Louis, MO and the Midwest specializing in the implementation of Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft Dynamics SL and Microsoft Dynamics CRM. We work with over 4000 throughout the Midwest in a variety of industries with a focus on manufacturing and distribution, professional services, education , not-for-profit and multi-site international organizations.

By Sikich, a leading St. Louis Microsoft Dynamics GP partner

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