Success of an ERP implementation requires management focus and internal resources.
Many times, so called software limitations are not limitations at all, when attempting to automate bad business practices.
Ineffective policies, procedures, measurements, and cultural issues typically have nothing to do with software, but much to do with poor business performance.
Systems never overcome poor management.
Maybe the existing software can be leveraged more. Often the capabilities of a new package look appealing, but many are unaware the current system is capable of doing the same. This is especially true of companies whose current staff are not the staff that implemented the original software.
Technology is great only if it solves business problems. Try to avoid the “shiny object” syndrome, you want to avoid throwing out the baby with the bath water.
Clean up the data and maybe the existing system is very usable.
With new software, there will be areas where a major step backward in functionality is inevitable. This is especially true if modifications have been made to the current systems that are unique to your business and very useful.
They have said this for years, yet the system keeps running! If there is a problem with support from the primary vendor, what other support options are available? Usually as long as the system is stable, replacement parts are available for hardware, and there are IT resources to support the system, application software can run for many years beyond the official end-of-life date published by the vendor.
Modifications include re-configuration of settings, designing custom reports, additional training on features not used, and adding additional applications and third party integrated solution.
Bolt-on / third party integrated solutions may be the right answer to fulfill very specific needs (Electronic Document Management and Invoice Approval, Mobile Time Capture and Approval, Automated Alerts, etc.).
If you listen to ERP vendors and do not perform own objective analysis, it may be fluff. In determining the cost of an ERP implementation you should include: your staff’s time in training, any temporary staffing needed to keep your business running, migrating data, testing and reconciliation, consulting training and implementation services, in addition to software licenses or subscriptions and ongoing services and updates, hardware or IT infrastructure upgrades.
In determining the cost of an ERP implementation you should include: your staff’s time in training, any temporary staffing needed to keep your business running, migrating data, testing and reconciliation, consulting training and implementation services, in addition to software licenses or subscriptions and ongoing services and updates, hardware or IT infrastructure upgrades.
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