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Achieve greater growth and development with robust ERP implementation strategies. Understand the key steps of the ERP implementation process and how the right software can help facilitate more efficient long-term planning and sustainable expansion.

What is ERP implementation? 

ERP implementation refers to the rollout of enterprise resource planning software within a business. It typically takes extensive planning and a significant investment. The implementation of cloud-based ERP is often much more seamless and less costly though.

Delivering a successful ERP implementation project is not an easy task. Many companies struggle to strike a balance between real-time and batch integration and between external and internal ERP systems. Enterprise resource planning is a complex challenge, with many points to be considered before launching a new strategy.

ERP implementation costs and scale

According to Panorama Consulting's independent ERP research over the past five years, the average ERP implementation cost is approximately $6.1 million with an average duration of 15.7 months.

Eric Kimberling of Panorama Consulting is an independent ERP systems expert with over 20 years' experience advising clients around the world. He feels that ERP solutions have become easier to implement over the years. But even so, it's not a minor undertaking.

"You don't want to treat ERP as a small project. You want to make sure you have a dedicated focus on the people who are addressing organizational change management aspects," he says. "People always think end-user training when they think of organizational change, but there's so much more that needs to happen before end-user training in order for it to be successful."

ERP implementation steps and planning

As with most business pursuits, your success depends on the use of a systematic approach.

Make sure the entire ERP system implementation project has been divided into steps, and each stage has a specific timeline for completion. To guarantee seamless application, assign a team member to make sure deadlines are being met.

The ERP implementation process should be supported by documentation in order to minimize the risk of delays. Such pre-worked documentation shared by the ERP provider ensures that, as a business, you can hit the ground running and hone in on new opportunities.

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ERP implementation checklist - things to consider before you start

Traditionally, ERP implementation projects fail because managers don't properly consider the processes that need to be improved, or the scope and cost of the work involved from beginning to end.

The first step of any ERP system implementation should involve clearly defining the strategies you intend to use. It may be helpful to ask the following questions.

  • What inefficiencies in your current business processes are you looking to improve?
  • Which process do you want to mitigate against?
  • How can ERP software address these needs or ambitions?
  • What is your integration budget?
  • What is your timeline?
  • Have you allowed for contingencies?
  • Have you communicated these milestones internally ?

Make your investment count with a solution tailored for your business

When your current processes can't keep up with your growth, it's time to implement ERP software that can elevate your operations and put you ahead of the competition.

Select the right business management solution

Integrate tools and processes for a better user experience. Avoid scope creep and cost overruns with a business management solution that meets your specific requirements.

Generate a faster ROI

By implementing ERP software that offers faster, simpler, more flexible business management, you can expect to increase productivity, save money on overhead, and satisfy customers.

Plan for tomorrow's business needs, today

Define your requirements, identify your business needs, and then pick the right solution. Make your investment count with the solution that's right for your business.

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