Business and technology writer Bridget McCrea wrote an article for msdynamicsworld.com that delivered a simple but powerful message from Supply Chain Insights founder Lora Cecere that’s worth sharing with anyone involved with enterprise software implementations.
Cecere notes that she has “worked with a number of companies that have implemented ERP three or four times, and they haven’t done it well any of those times.” The moral of her story: because these are expensive and usually difficult projects, “take the time to focus on doing it well.”
Beyond that, try to figure out new ways to use ERP to your firms’ advantage.
Simple enough. Following are four key points Cecere makes about how to avoid the trap that first-timers, in our experience, almost always make… and that experienced pros would do well to remember too:
- Avoid confusing fast with effective. Faster implementation and/or installation times don’t necessarily translate into a better experience and overall results.
- Avoid stopping with simply automating current practices. Examine the new processes and practices that the new ERP will enable and support. “Look at how you can use this tool to your best advantage,” says Cecere.
- Put time into the early planning stages. Figure out what you want out of your ERP implementation and get it right the first time.
- Recognize that ERP is usually your system of record and needs to be augmented with systems of differentiation. “An ERP can be very valuable,” she states, “but to operate effectively, it must also be complemented by other IT solutions.”
That’s the gist of it, and Bridge McCrea’s original article can be found here.