#5: Failing to Consider an Industry-Specific Solution Most organizations start ERP selection with a list of the big names in the ERP software marketplace, research features, functionalities and total cost of ownership, and then schedule multiple rounds of sales presentations and demos. Often overlooked in this process are the smaller solution
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#4: Not Prioritizing the User Experience Lack of attention to the user interface can result in under-utilization of the solution. The new generation of technology users expects an Amazon- or Apple-like user experience from their ERP system. Some enterprise solution providers have invested billions of dollars in re-developing and upgrading their
A lot can go wrong when an ERP system goes live. Critical severity defects, security holes and other technical problems can cause disruption, wreak havoc on operations, bring your business to a dead stop, and even result in multi-million-dollar lawsuits. With careful planning and process, however, your go-live can be a smooth, seamless
#3: Excluding Critical Users from the Process The IT department and the C-suite do not own (and may never interact with) your core business processes. So the project team should include key people – end users and functional managers – from across your organization who are regularly involved in those processes. When the right people are involved
#2: Less-Than-Thorough Requirements Gathering Organizations invest in ERP to enable greater execution and efficiency. So it makes no sense to implement a solution that simply automates your existing processes. It’s easier and faster to take that approach. But as business process improvement experts say, automating a bad process just makes the
#1: Poor Project Planning It’s not possible to overstate how essential proper project planning is to ERP implementation success. And, in our experience, most organizations significantly underestimate the time and resources required to do it methodically and comprehensively. Here’s why it’s important: For a complex project like an ERP
A modern ERP solution can supercharge your organization. But its implementation is one of the most complex and high-risk projects your organization will ever undertake. And it is extremely easy to make mistakes. These are The Seven Deadly Sins of ERP Implementation: DEADLY SIN #1: Poor project planning It’s not possible to overstate how
For decades, manufacturing and distribution companies typically issue an ERP request for proposal to software vendors when they head into an active enterprise technology project. The results of this effort are mixed at best. Working through an ERP request for proposal is time-consuming for the organization and the project team. The contents of
Manufacturers that achieve best-in-class performance for quoting and costing have one key differentiator from companies that lag behind: the leaders treat quoting and costing as a mission-critical, enterprise-class function within their organization. The laggards do not. When it comes to business process improvement, what does it mean for a
My past blog post offered ERP project teams the steps it takes to implement an ERP system for true transformation. In my post entitled “Transforming Your Business is the Final Step of Implementing an ERP System,” I made the case that once the foundation for business transformation is built, the challenge going forward is to leverage this
In the last few years, we have seen two different implementation methodologies emerge. When buying a new ERP system, you should make sure you understand the ERP implementation methodology proposed by the vendor or re-seller and its pros and cons. ERP Implementation Methodology #1: The Traditional Method The first methodology is the Traditional
As a part of Ultra Consultants’ mission to serve the needs of manufacturing and distribution teams looking for business transformation through technology, we regularly watch for surveys and reports relating to manufacturing technology. A recent survey by Software Connect, MRP Software Buyer Trends - 2018 Report, focused on buyer needs and trends