Hands down, no secrets here: ERP is complicated. It’s not worth trying to convince someone that ERP isn’t a difficult technology to master. There are people who have been in the industry for a decade and still don’t know all there is to know about ERP. That is simply because ERP is a technology that is constantly changing. New ERP vendors pop up all the time, the addition of the cloud means ERP works differently than before and new module additions mean more functionality is added all the time. So, if you’re considering implementing ERP and you haven’t been immersed in ERP for a decade, you will have an extremely difficult time on your own. There are ERP consultants in the market for a reason and here are the reasons you should be using one.
In all honesty, ERP has a bad reputation. Unfortunately, there have been a few companies where the system was not implemented correctly, so they got burned. The horror stories of these companies have seemed to stick better than the successes leaving people with a bad idea of ERP. These stories about ERP failing, however, are usually because the company didn’t do their job of researching or implementing the system correctly. It’s best not to believe all that you hear in these cases because they are most likely ERP misconceptions. Here are four of the most common ones highlighted below.
ERP implementations are no easy task, which is why there are ERP consultants out there that are prepared to help you through the process. There are few companies that possess the skills, expertise, budget and time to implement ERP all on their own. Luckily, there are thousands of ERP consultants across the country to choose from, which can also make things more difficult. How do you choose the right ERP consultant? Below we’ve listed 5 of the most important traits to look for in an ERP consultant.
Have you ever considered implementing ERP on your own? It might seem like a good idea, considering its one last payment you’ll have to make without a consultant and you know your business best. However, without a little help from a consultant you could end up flushing away all the money you had spent on your ERP system in the first place. It’s not an easy task to implement ERP and you could be setting yourself up for failure.
While the ERP system you select, the deployment method you employ, and the other technical factors of an ERP implementation project are critical to your overall success, the way the software is used throughout the organization has the greatest impact on overall ERP ROI. If the employees are not using the system or using it in correctly, you stand to lose out on the benefits that made you choose the system in the first place. Unfortunately end-user training often gets pushed aside until well after the implementation kicks off and is left as an afterthought which becomes a last minute scramble to teach employee how to use the system.
A past article on this blog talked about the six reasons you should work with an ERP consultant and the very first reason on the list was for software selection advice. While you may have a working knowledge of ERP or have a pretty good idea of what ERP system you may want to implement in your business, knowing the ins and outs of ERP and the industries that use it is your ERP consultant’s number one priority. If you’re thinking about making the move to a new system or implementing a system for the first time, make sure to go through these questions with your ERP consultant before making any major choices.