No one can predict the future, but being prepared and taking steps to avoid potential pitfalls can help pave the way for your success, in any endeavor.
There are many elements to consider when implementing ERP software into your business. Often, when there is a botched ERP implementation the business might need to take a long hard look at itself instead of immediately pointing a finger at the software. With that in mind, these are just a few factors to think about when considering an ERP solution.
Lack of knowledge
Everyone knows that “knowledge is power,” and it’s easy to be resistant to new ideas or changes to your established routine. At first, implementing ERP software may seem overwhelming, and initially the software might be confusing to use, but just like learning to ride a bike, this system will eventually become second nature.
Ask for help! There is no shame in getting help when it comes to ERP, and with a few training sessions with a specialist, you can get a handle on the basics and a good feel for the software. The more comfortable you feel with your new software, the smoother your company and ERP solution will run. For immediate assistance, support teams are always there to help you iron out the kinks—should any occur.
If you find you are struggling to understand some of the ERP jargon, check out this blog post to help you master ERP terminology!
Has there been any turmoil in your company in the past few years? Have there been any sudden staff layoffs? Are your employees unhappy or disgruntled with decisions you have made recently? If any of these scenarios sound familiar, now is probably not the time to rock the boat. ERP software can sound like a good addition to your business, but ultimately your employees will be the ones using and running this software, and they need to be on board. Don’t worry, though, because ERP will always be there for you when your company is on solid ground and ready to move forward!
A strong executive leader
Implementing a new ERP system will take a lot of brain power, and you will need a strong leader at the helm to make sure your business is ready and willing to take on the task. They will need to set goals and meet them, create a budget, and keep the implementation on track. With that, make sure you choose a leader who is well respected and can take on the challenge.
An open and motivated work culture goes a long way when working toward a successful ERP implementation. Employees who are willing to tackle a challenge and get on board with a new idea are more likely to experience success. However, if employees are resistant to change, they might fight the process, costing you precious time and money. Try to explain your decisions and be as transparent as possible with your employees. If you sense hesitation, create a survey to get feedback. Your employees will not only be happy that you value their opinions, but they might be more open to learning more about ERP software once their initial concerns have been addressed.
Like any fine wine, ERP needs time in order to reach its full potential. This software will need constant updates and care, which is where the leadership and good company culture come into play. ERP software is a time commitment, and your employees must be on board. The good news is, though, that all that time that you put into ERP software at the outset will pay off in big ways in the future.
Check the books—and then check them again. One of the biggest reasons that implementing ERP into a business fails is that the budget is insufficient, or there isn’t even a budget plan at all. To avoid this problem, get real with your finances and make sure that your company is prepared for this change. If you don’t have a large budget to work with, set a limit and stick to it. Know your boundaries and understand where your company stands financially. You can always revisit and tweak the budget later.
You know best
Every business is different, and ultimately, you know your company best. After considering all of these factors and learning how to avoid the potential mistakes associated with them, you can confidently take the next step toward implementing an ERP software into your business.