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Plan for a successful ERP implementation with Sage ERP software

Achieve greater growth, easier change management and quicker payback with Sage’s hybrid and cloud ERP solutions. Get started on your strategy today.

Why consider an ERP system? 

Enterprise Resource Planning, or ERP systems, bring together all your critical business data into one central location. Whether your business operates nationally or internationally, ERP solutions let you access everything you need to make decisions in real-time and to plan for the long term. 

ERP software implementation has many benefits. It can improve business performance, data integrity, organisational compliance and interaction between your projects, teams and offices. But it also requires investment - in both time and money. Preparing well means you’re more likely to reap the full benefits of that investment.

How does ERP implementation work?

The first phase of ERP implementation involves choosing the right ERP software provider. The next steps may involve installing some, or all, of the solution onsite, configuring the system to match your user and process needs, migrating all your data and, finally, training the end-users.

Many companies struggle with the organisational change that ERP implementation needs. Success can be complex and expensive. According to independent ERP research by Panorama Consulting, the average cost of an ERP system implementation in 2016 was approximately $1.3 million with an average ERP implementation life cycle of 16.9 months. 

A strong starting point as a management team for ERP implementation strategies is to consider:

  • How a successful ERP implementation will improve your day-to-day business processes
  • What a full ERP implementation will cost from beginning to end, perhaps using industry benchmarks
  • The internal and external resources you’ll need to support implementation
  • How much time it will take to complete the ERP implementation phases

How to prepare for implementation

It may be helpful to consider the following questions when planning your ERP implementation strategy:

  • How effective are your current business procedures? 
  • Are processes consistent across your offices and teams?
  • How much of what your organisation is already automated?
  • Do you want to heavily customise a system to fit your business, or take the opportunity to standardise your practices?
  • Can you integrate other software packages to the ERP system to meet your needs?
  • Is your existing data ready and compatible for ERP migration?
  • Will your organisation be supportive of the change and your timeline? 

Make your investment in ERP count 

When your business has outgrown accounting software, upgrade to ERP solutions for agile enterprise management. Sage X3 offers all the control you need at a fraction of the cost and complexity of traditional ERP implementation. 

Select the right business management solution 

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

Sage Business Cloud X3

Adopt a faster, simpler, more flexible business management solution. You can expect increased productivity, less spend on overheads and happier customers. 

Plan for tomorrow's business needs today

Define your requirements, find out what your business needs, and then pick the right solution. Sage continuously updates its ERP software so it’s fit for your business today and ready to grow with your future. 

Why ERP implementation sometimes fails 

There are many reasons for ERP implementation failures. But there are also plenty of ways to overcome these challenges. 

Panorama Consulting’s research suggests you’ll save time and money by investing in organisational change management from the start. Check your business processes are efficient today before you migrate them. And put a clear business case together so you have accurate benchmarks to measure improvements against. 

Taking time to create your ERP system implementation project plan, following a systematic approach to ERP integration and choosing the right software partner should see you realise all the benefits of your ERP deployment. 


Plan for success with Sage ERP software

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