Your Quick Guide to Successful ERP Implementation

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Businesses of all types can benefit from a successful ERP implementation; however, it can be a challenging task: from choosing the right ERP to evaluating and selecting a vendor, building a project plan, carrying out the implementation, and training users – implementing an ERP can be a pretty huge project. But when done properly, it helps companies manage business more efficiently by automating technology, services, and human resources functions to save time and money.

In this ERP implementation guide, we will learn about the key ERP implementation challenges and best practices, why you should use Dynamics AX as your ERP, and how to ensure a successful implementation for maximum business results.

Key ERP Implementation Challenges and Best Practices

Many businesses face recurring issues with their obsolete systems but are unaware of just how much an ERP can really impact their bottom line. However, the implementation of an ERP is not always simple; considering how enormous the solution is, it can potentially create a lot of challenges depending on the way it is managed. Here are some of the potential ERP implementation challenges that you can face:

  • Resistance to change from the employees
  • Unrealistic planning and expectations
  • Poor project management
  • Inadequate budget
  • Lack of quality assurance

In order to overcome these challenges and avoid unexpected challenges, it is important that you follow the best practices for ERP implementation.

Best practices for ERP implementation


Since the end goal of an ERP implementation is to lower TCO and increase revenue, the key step towards a successful implementation is to choose the right solution and go in with a detailed and realistic project plan. Carefully strategize your project plan and make sure you consider all instances while circumventing unproductive and time-consuming scenarios. Another critical step is to get the right time in place, effectively train them, and keep them aligned to the right processes. One critical point that you must keep in mind is that your ERP solution must be scalable in the long run.

Why Choose Dynamics AX as Your ERP

Dynamics AX is an integrated, flexible platform (cloud, on-premises, or hybrid) that provides your business with the power and agility required to stay a step ahead of the competition and support ongoing growth. The AX version, Dynamics 365 Unified Operations has built-in smart intelligence and the combination of Cortana Intelligence, Power BI, and Azure Machine Learning, enabling deep insights into business performance.

The presence of the Common Data Model (CDM) helps in simplifying data management and integration across apps and business processes. It brings data together, including data from Office 365 and third-party sources, while composing data using the Azure cloud. You can easily create more intelligent business processes with PowerApps and Microsoft Flow as well.

Let’s look at the key benefits of a successful Dynamics AX implementation:

  • Helps expand your global enterprise
  • Enables you to leverage data-driven predictions for better decision making
  • Helps reduce costs (including IT and training) add increase revenue
  • Brings agility and efficiency to your business processes
  • Enables you to build solutions quickly and be prepared for every business scenario
  • Allows integration with other Microsoft business solutions for feature expansion

Be the Game Changer

Most ERP implementation projects fail not because the solution is incompetent, but because enterprises choose the wrong solution or don’t invest time in planning and budgeting. Although IT delays, unexpected roadblocks and uncontrollable variables are unavoidable, following the best practices mentioned in this article will ensure successful ERP implementation.

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About the Author - Manoj Nair

Manoj Nair is a seasoned IT professional with over 15 years of experience in Software Consultancy, ERP Implementation, Testing, ISV Development and Client Management. He is Practice Lead – BPCS (Dynamics AX) at Synoptek and is responsible for managing various software programs through cross functional coordination.


Contributing Author: Malavika Nityanandam

2 thoughts on “Your Quick Guide to Successful ERP Implementation”

  1. Very good article,
    Interesting how every one of the Key Implementation Challenges are centered around Project Managment and Communication, not the ERP Software you pick.
    You can plug in your ERP Provider, "Why Choose JD Edwards" for exmaple.

    Bottomline, you need to pick a Professional Project Managers that understands the challenges, knows when they are comming and can mitigate the risk in order to get through every/any challenge.

    Jeff Crossman
    ERP Lighthouse Group LLC
    "Project Managament for your JDE/ERP Implemenation"

  2. An ERP system is a major investment for your business. Thus, before deciding to invest in it, you need to thoroughly understand your business needs and ensure that your organization is ready to implement the software.

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