Four mistakes to avoid during an ERP implementation

Four mistakes to avoid during an ERP implementation

Enterprise resource planning is a much discussed subject with advocates, critics and everyone in between.  Wherever the disagreements about the strengths and weaknesses lie, most people agree that a properly implemented and functioning ERP solution can revolutionize and streamline business processes.  Most people also agree that implementation projects, whether on-premise or ERP cloud, there are a lot of mistakes, big and small, that can derail the project.  With that in mind, here are four mistakes to avoid during an ERP implementation that can be seriously detrimental to the project.

  1. Lack of Governance—It is imperative to understand what all the stakeholders in the business are expecting out of the project so that a clear and focused plan can be drafted up-front.  Once that is done it takes strong leadership to make that plan works as the compass that steers the project and keeps it focused.
  2. Disregard Project Progress—Continuing with the theme above, it is necessary for leadership to monitor the progress of the project to ensure that it stays on track.
  3. Ignoring the Schedule—Setting an aggressive deadline can be a proactive and useful tool to keep momentum and ensure success of the project.  But if that schedule is not adhered to it will lose its power.  Aggressive is good.  Unrealistic is bad.
  4. Changing the Scope and Budget—If you have ever heard the phrase, don’t change a horse midstream, then you have probably heard a lot of other political campaign clichés, but somehow it makes sense here.  Again referring to the first tip, understanding what the project needs upfront is important to make sure that project doesn’t outgrow itself mid ERP implementation.  There will inevitably be tweaking along the way, but large scale changes of any kind will threaten the success of the project if they are made on the fly.
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