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INFOTECH: Preventable ERP Mistakes


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ERP mistakes can be easily avoided when implementing a successful ERP system, as long as youÂ’re well-educated. When ERP systems fail, it is usually the result of completely avoidable mistakes. These mistakes are typically ones you donÂ’t have to make if you follow some very simple advice. Your business doesnÂ’t have to become an unfortunate ERP statistic. When you know what you are doing, youÂ’re almost guaranteed to succeed. Preparation and knowledge are key to understanding how you can avoid these common ERP mistakes that all too often lead to project failure, says Keith Fenner, vice president- sales, Softline Accpac.

Trying to Cut Corners Can Lead to ERP Mistakes

It is only human to want to find the least expensive way of completing any project, including and ERP implementation. But there are some things you just should not skimp on, and this is one of them. Every part of an ERP implementation project has separate and important value, meaning that no part can be eliminated or skipped without affecting the entire project. While it may be tempting to cut back on maintenance costs or training, doing so is sure to be harmful. In the end, you will be much better off paying the costs up front and avoiding future problems than you will be dealing with a very expensive ERP failure. Remember, these costs are an investment in your future. If you handle them correctly, they will pay off handsomely when the system proves to be a huge success.

ERP Mistakes Can Come From Delaying or Eliminating Training

Training is one of the most important parts of any ERP implementation project. Think about it this way – you wouldn’t send a bunch of American men out to play in a cricket match, would you‘ They wouldn’t understand what was happening, they would be unable to participate to the best of their potential and they would no doubt end up getting very frustrated. ERP is the same. You need to make sure that your employees are properly prepared to participate in the “cricket match” that is ERP – since, for many employees, it will feel just as confusing at first. Proper training is the best way to reduce employee resistance to change and ensure that every single worker in your operation is ready – even excited – for the go-live. Having employees who are eagerly anticipating the benefits of ERP is one of the best ways to ensure ERP success. After all, employees are the system’s end users in most cases – their attitudes can decide its success or failure.

ERP Mistakes Can Evolve from Rushing ERP Projects

Most ERP projects take more than a year to complete – 18 months on average which excludes the sales cycle, which could take as long as three years. Thinking that an ERP implementation is fast and effortless is a major mistake that many companies make when embarking on their projects. If you want to reap the rewards, you have to be willing to put in the effort. While the software can be implemented in a matter of days, maybe even hours, getting it to work for your business is an entirely different matter. It is a long and involved process that requires intense dedication.

If you really want to succeed with ERP, you need to commit yourself and understand that the process may take a while, but it will be worth it when you are running a more efficient, profitable business thanks to enterprise resource planning.

ERP mistakes are 100 percent avoidable just donÂ’t cut corners, avoid training and rushing the implementation.

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