Steps to a Quality ERP Implementation
Implement a remote virtual infrastructure as soon as possible
Implementing a managed infrastructure reduces the number of vendors a business has to deal with and eliminates the need for a data centre. This in turn reduces costs by a significant amount and may even include building out a data centre, which takes time and space.
Implement a management tool as soon as possible
A dashboard tool allows companies to understand the status of the project and which tasks are pending for completion. It helps in prioritizing the tasks to be completed, and ensures that nothing is left undone.
Ensure strict validation of business requirements
The business requirements should be gathered from all departments and expressed in plain English. This allows the development team to make changes without the fear of impacting the company’s data or customer base.
Focus on the process and leave the technology implementation to the experts
The IT department should be given the scope of managing the project rather than dealing with the technology. They will be better equipped to understand the implications of their decisions.
Implement a successful governance model
There should be a clear list of processes in place to cover key areas, such as configuration management, release management, deployment and change management, among others. This will ensure that a project is completed successfully in a timely manner.
Conversely, IT departments should also allow their teams to make decisions on their own.
Limit the scope of services provided
The limited scope of services ensures that the management team will focus on the core function of the ERP system and will not extend services to ancillary projects, such as data analytics, chatbots, etc.
Implement governance to ensure complete implementation
One of the biggest mistakes that businesses make is to not have proper governance in place. This means that a chief information officer (CIO), or whoever is responsible for the project, must be constantly involved in the decision-making process. It is the only way to ensure that a project is completed in a timely manner.
Companies should also find an auditor that can certify that a project is completed. This will serve as a mechanism for tracking progress and ensure that there are no issues when the time comes to implement the next ERP system.
Differentiate the project from other projects that the team is working on
These are the things that IT departments have to make sure. It will ensure that all of the various projects are handled in a consistent manner and that there is no overlap in the project scope.
As technology becomes increasingly pervasive in the enterprise, businesses are looking for ways to make the implementation of an ERP system more efficient and cost-effective. A robust framework that allows teams to work on multiple projects and handle their business functions in an organized manner can not only make the adoption of a new system smoother, but also increase the amount of innovation that can be introduced into the IT department.