There are hundreds of articles about avoiding the potential pitfalls of an ERP implementation. That isn’t the focus here. Instead we’ll take a look at some critical steps that a company should consider and plan for before they begin the search for an ERP system. Step #1 - Plan for Change An ERP project is not an IT project. It is not a supply
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When done correctly, locating a quality ERP consultant takes time, a lot of investigation, and due diligence. Knowing who you're retaining is important, because it is an investment and it sets the direction of your ERP project. If the right choice is made, the ERP consulting firm can help make the ERP selection and implementation a huge success.
Many companies start a selection project by asking the users what they need in a new system. This approach will miss key requirements needed for the business to succeed with its business plan. The business needs to be sure the business strategy is input and linked to the information technology strategy. A new ERP system is one of the components
At Ultra, we have the opportunity to speak with many manufacturing and distribution executives about their business. IT Directors, Chief Financial Officers, Controllers and Presidents all speak about their need to evaluate and select their new ERP system. In these times, the feedback we receive often is that many organizations are “nervous”
For those companies entering into an ERP selection, there’s no substitute for education. Most users in a manufacturing company are not well-versed in current business process best practices. Nor have they been able to keep current with today’s ERP vendor offerings and technology. Your team members may certainly know the current system, and
When a company considers acquiring a new ERP system, they often struggle with clearly defining the evaluation criteria. Ultra Consulting advises clients’ to start with five basic criteria: Function fit Technology Company Support Cost The internal ERP evaluation team will expand this list as they progress through the
The process of implementing a continuous business process improvement culture in manufacturing companies. is one of the most effective approaches we've seen when it comes to enterprise technology projects Some of you are in companies that have been on this journey of continuous improvement for years. You are already into lean manufacturing and
When you initiate an ERP selection project, you will encounter many ERP sales representatives who want to sell you’re their products. It seems like everyone tells you that his or her company has the perfect ERP system for your organization. On the surface it may be true. They all have basic ERP functionality. In fact, the opposite is true. In
When everyone is moving forward together, success takes care of itself. ~ Henry Ford We like this quote from Henry Ford. It clearly articulates what we know about success when it comes to ERP selection and implementation. One of the most challenging issues faced by a manufacturing company is how to effectively organize an ERP project, and
Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) companies face a range of pressures ranging from the price of raw materials needed to produce their goods, to the energy needed to run plants. Packaging and distribution challenges also contribute to issues faced by the sector. CPG producers are constantly on the lookout to reduce costs, increase quality, introduce
If you’re invited to participate in a management council for a mid-market company, sooner or later you’re going to hear those words “How fast can we do an ERP Selection project?” The statement is often made after months of discussing the potential purchase of a new ERP system. So How Fast Can a Company Select a New ERP Software
Once you have identified your list of vendors you need to lay out your plan for evaluating ERP vendors via an ERP comparison process. Earlier this year, I published two different blogs: one on examining current processes, and one on defining the future state. If you follow this approach, you will have developed enough information to define your