From personal goals about healthy habits, to professional goals, it’s no secret that resolving to “do better” is a challenge.
It’s much the same for project teams that are considering an active ERP project.
As independent ERP consultants, the team at Ultra can help you keep your ERP resolutions.
Energize Your ERP Resolutions
Resolution #1: Focus on people and processes, not just technology
Successful ERP implementation requires that the most important work is done before the selection begins. It’s so much more than just dropping in a new piece of software.
For your resolution to stick, remember preparation starts at the top, as we describe in a recent blog post, 8 Steps to Get Ready for ERP. C-Level support and buy-in is essential and the lack of it is indeed a dealbreaker. Other steps include developing a phased strategy, and defining the project team. This is also the time to identify holes, inefficiencies, and road blocks in current business processes.
Resolution #2: Mind the risks!
It has been reported that in recent years, the average ERP implementation project delivers less than 50% of expected value, is late 61% of the time, and is over budget 53% of the time.
The major cause of these costly outcomes is a lack of proper preparation.
Ultra’s manufacturing focus coupled with its experienced staff applies the Ultra methodology to ensure proper preparation.
Resolve to proactively identify ERP risks before an ERP implementation – this approach yields significant results. Read more about risk categories and perspectives in two timely blog posts: Types of ERP Risks You Simply Can’t Afford to Ignore and Got Risk? Be Aware of These ERP Risk Categories.
Resolution #3: It’s all in the comprehensive preparation
Ultra has found successful ERP implementation projects invest 4 to 6 times more energy in understanding their business well in the preparation phase than they spend in the selection process.
This phase includes a comprehensive analysis of current processes and a definition of future processes. Moreover, it identifies opportunities for change and outlines the necessary change management to achieve business value.
Rather than having a focus on converting the current state to a new ERP system, the project focus should be to use technology to drive business value improvement. We’ve found that failing to fully understand and document the current state and the desired future state is the single biggest reason ERP projects fail.
Preparation also includes an educational component to review current best practices and make revisions to move to the desired future state. The detailed business process review necessary to craft the future state is often the hardest step in ERP projects.
Understanding this blind spot is key to keeping your ERP resolutions. Winning teams use a proven methodology with a team of highly experienced manufacturing and distribution experts to ensure that the project emphasize is on preparation over selection.
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Resolution #4: Actually practice “Best Practices” in implementation management
The emphasis of most implementation teams is to simply “go live” on time and on-budget. Often these teams see this as the end goal. In contract, Ultra sees business value attainment as the end goal.
Ultimately, it is the client’s responsibility – not the technology partners’- to manage the implementation to a successful outcome. However, they often lack the management bandwidth and experience to fulfill this function. Ultra becomes the client’s agent and provides the project leadership to keep all parties accountable for achieving business value and ROI.
To help guide your ERP resolutions, see key strategies for an effective ERP implementation, in the white paper Best Practices for an Effective ERP Implementation.
Resolution #5: Look for expert guidance
As you resolve to achieve the business process improvement that will result from these key resolutions, consider how your enterprise can benefit from working with expert ERP selection consultants. Ultra’s team of consultants brings decades of experience in enterprise software systems and best business practices for the manufacturing and distribution industries.
Be sure you take time to define the right processes, ensuring they are effectively used throughout the enterprise and avoiding the pitfalls common to technology implementations throughout preparation, ERP selection and implementation.
What are you waiting for? Keep your resolve and Contact Ultra today!