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ERP Software Implementation Do’s and Dont’s


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Deciding to purchase new ERP software is an important investment and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. So how can you ensure you get the most for your money while optimizing the solution to the best of its ability? Know what not to do as well as what to do; we have the answers in this blog…

DO:

  • Research extensively. You should realize this may take some time and a proper research strategy to define exactly what solution is right for your business. There is a vast amount of resources online, so what are you waiting for? Get started!
  • Work with a partner. Ask around, get referrals, and interview your top candidates. A partner can help you avoid the mistakes of implementations as well as help you benefit from best practices they’ve already found to be successful.
  • Take your time. ERP implementation is a case where patience is a virtue. You will benefit from taking your time in the business process review and along the way to avoid mistakes that could cost you in the long run.
  • Train, train, and train. Some companies try to cut corners by cutting out training for their employees. This is almost always a mistake as it lessens the user adoption throughout their company and greatly decreases their return on investment. Don’t underestimate the power of ERP software training!

DON’T:

  • Make assumptions. Assuming your CEO is on board or that you know what your accounting department needs in terms of a solution can get you in big trouble. Make sure to check around, create concrete plans with others to back you up.
  • Get impatient. This is when mistakes creep in. If you’re in a hurry to get things done, you will miss important items along the way.
  • Forget about your budget or timeline. You should have this defined with your software partner early in the process. Do everything in your power to stick to what you planned to save money and time.
  • Ignore upgrades, updates or announcements from your partner. Even once the implementation is complete, you need to make sure and stay up to date to get the most out of your solution. It’s easy to put it in the back of your mind, but make it a regular habit to do checks on your system.

We hope these “dos and don’ts” give you a better picture of how to get the most out of your ERP software investment. If you need the help of a trusted partner, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at Cargas.

 

By Julie Fuller with Cargas Systems,  Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner

 

One Response to “ERP Software Implementation Do’s and Dont’s”

  1. Metaphorix says:

    Excellent article.

    some good advice which would certainly help projects run smoother