The 4 Steps to ERP Communication

Communication is key in any organization. In fact, studies show that communication within an organization is directly related to employee happiness. People want to be filled in with what is going on and feel included. This is especially true when change is occurring. If there is ever a time when employees need to be included in conversations it is when a big change is coming to the company, like an ERP implementation. Below are the 4 ways to have effective ERP communication for an easy and painless transition.
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4 Signs to Know Where Your ERP Failure Went Wrong

Anytime an ERP implementation process begins, everyone involved has their fingers crossed that they do not become another ERP failure internet sensation. It happens every so often, and people love reading about what went wrong and how they can avoid it. It’s important to know when an ERP project began to go astray and where the mistakes were made. This helps others learn what not to do, and, chances are, this won’t be your last time attempting to implement ERP. You have to learn from your own mistakes so they can be avoided in the future. So how do you know where you went wrong and who to blame?

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The ERP Terms Cheat Sheet

Looking into ERP systems, or working on one for the first time can be overwhelming. Not only are you on a new software that can be confusing and perplexing, but there are a lot of ERP terms that are unfamiliar to the general public. ERP, CRM, SCM, BI, these acronyms can give you a headache unless you know what they all mean. To get you up to speed, we’ve complied all the most popular ERP terms and acronyms for your reference when getting started with ERP.

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Leveraging ERP End User Training for ROI

One of the most important processes in ERP implementation is end user training. You can follow every step perfectly, but if you drop the ball on this step you will run into massive problems. ERP is not a small software program. It will take a lot of practice for a new user to get used to the system. The ERP end user has to know how to use the software properly in order for you to get the most return on investment.
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6 Sure-Fire Ways To Become An ERP Implementation Horror Story

We’ve all heard the ERP implementation horror stories. A company sinks hundreds of thousands of dollars into a new ERP system, only to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars. These companies make critical mistakes during the ERP implementation process that puts them down in the books as an “implementation horror story”.
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Don’t Go At It Alone: The Importance of Consultants in ERP Implementation

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.
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Using Data Cleansing to Improve ERP

An often forgotten about process during ERP implementation, but nonetheless important, is data cleansing. One main reason most companies decide to upgrade to a new ERP system, or implement one for the first time, is usually to take advantage of good data systems and use them for forecasting and planning. Unfortunately, those data systems are only useful when the data flowing into them is up to date and relevant.
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How to Stay in Your ERP Budget

As we all know, ERP implementation is not a straight-forward project. There are many different aspects that need to be taken into consideration before jumping on board. Especially when it comes to costs, there may be some underlying areas that you haven’t thought of and were not added into your ERP budget. Instead of allowing these to pop up unexpectedly once you’re halfway through the ERP implementation project, plan ahead and be ready for them.
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Saying Goodbye to QuickBooks

As your business begins to grow, so will many of the departments and the daily tasks that need to be completed. QuickBooks may have been the perfect fit for your business in the past, but maybe it’s starting to lag behind all the processes that you are now taking care of. Tasks that used to be easy are now eating away at your time.
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Using Gamification to Implement ERP

“Gaming” has become common-place in much of our everyday lives. Video games and video game counsels have become ever more intricate, with the players on the screen looking almost life-like. Our smartphones that we carry around everywhere can access thousands of games, like the popular app angrybirds. Even social media can be interpreted as a game, posting often gives you more followers on Twitter or friends on Facebook.
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Identifying and Training Your ERP Super User

There are thousands of articles available online explaining the do’s and don’ts of ERP implementation. From choosing the best software for your company to making sure you train employees correctly, any ideas that can help your ERP implementation become a success are available at your fingertips. What many of those articles fail to address is the most important step in ERP implementation: what to do once you’ve gone live.
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The 6 Deciding Factors of ERP Implementation Cost

ERP implementation“How much does an ERP system implementation cost?” This is a question that we get all the time. It’s a valid question, but unfortunately there is no simple answer as much as we wish there was. One rule of thumb that many people follow is that an ERP implementation will cost 100-250% of the software license itself, but that’s not always the case as the size of your company, customization needs, and other requirements will play into the final number. The best way to budget your project is to understand the 6 main factors that go into the overall cost of ERP implementation and what you can do to limit any extra expense.
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The Top 4 Causes of ERP Failure & How ERP Consulting Can Help

There is no way around it, ERP projects are expensive; but there is a difference between money well spent and money wasted and an ERP consulting firm can help you avoid the latter. According to recent research, over 30% of ERP implementations are considered to be a failure because they do not help businesses achieve the benefits they had planned for. These failures occur for a number or reasons, all of which can be addressed by working with an ERP consultant, here are the top four.
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Roadmap to A Successful ERP Implementation Project

Part II of “12 Phases of a Successful ERP Implementation Project”

An ERP implementation project is a long road with many opportunities for you to take a wrong turn, especially if you’re without a roadmap. In the first part of this blog we discussed how to prepare for an implementation, choosing a team, how to whittle down your options to the final decision, and the first few phases of the project. In this second half of the article we get deeper into the process and touch on 6 more essential phases of a successful ERP implementation.
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