The most successful and seamless ERP implementations occur when a manufacturer is fully engaged in the process and in full alignment with the ERP vendor and other implementation resources.
This level of engagement doesn’t just begin at the go-live stage.
ERP implementation success happens when the team takes the time at the outset to determine who within the organization will participate, locates appropriate vendor and external resources and builds solid plans.
Success also follows when there is careful management of the extensive phases of implementation.
The duration of a specific ERP implementation depends on the complexity of the system being implemented, production environment, number of facilities and processes, level of automation within the organization, existing IT infrastructure and many other considerations.
In general, we see ERP implementations moving through these distinct phases:
- Project Planning
- Product Education
- Design Configuration
- Development and Test
Since an ERP implementation touches every area of a manufacturing company, it’s important that the distinct phases outlined above are executed as flawlessly as possible. As independent ERP consultants, we’re in a unique position to have worked through numerous projects, and understand the key issues involved at each stage.
Throughout each phase, the focus is for the organization to ensure that an ERP project results in full utilization of the new system’s functionality and benefits.
Ultra offers a complimentary white paper entitled Best Practices for an Effective ERP Implementation.
The timely paper assembles key strategies for ERP implementation success. Special attention is placed on the phases of a typical ERP project. Each phase describes the best practices proven to speed the rate of adoption, along with an implementation to-do list that gets a manufacturer up and running faster and with fewer disruptions to operations. The paper concludes with key considerations for the ERP implementation team.
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