If you are in the process of upgrading your business systems or even thinking about it, you know how taxing a process it can be. With so many options and endless directions to go in, how do you choose the right solution provider? How do you know who to trust and who not to?
After a while, everyone starts looking the same. The answer to this lies not only in the skills of the ERP provider you choose but in the consultant you will be working with.
Without the right consultant, implementation can easily fail. There are various reasons why an implementation could be challenged or potentially fail:
Some of the above factors may show up in the form of red flags along the way, but there is a method for implementation that can overcome these challenges and position your company for future growth. By understanding where your company is at in its lifecycle, the consultant will be able to understand your immediate needs as well as future requirements on a high level.
Making sure the software fits your business situation makes it easier for them to understand processes that are different and configure the system to take those into consideration while keeping the initial investment affordable. This knowledge of industry challenges, and more importantly having a way to solve them, gives the consultant a new level of insight into tailoring the system to your specific needs.
As long as you have the right consultant and the right software, you should be able to codify any strategic processes you might have developed. At this point, your new software will be adapted to your specific strategic business processes and data is imported (bank accounts, customers, vendors, and inventory).
This data will enable testing on the system and the execution of daily processes. When the system comes to life and processes are developed that will run the business, testing commences.
These deliberate steps are taken to uncover the requirements and information needed to produce a solution that solves your needs today, as well as positions you for future success.