How To Not Drop a Bomb on Your Business While Implementing ERP or Business Management Software

Since we reviewed ERP or business management software not too long ago, you may be ready for implementation. I lived through about four ERP implementations in my corporate career. Done well, and your business benefits.

Implement poorly, and it’s like dropping a bomb on your company. One of the most important things is choosing the right software that handles your growing business. This choice requires gathering information on what’s working and not working from your employees and supervisors.

Your business software should move your business forward, allowing for innovation and increasing revenue. Automating creaky, leaky processes won’t accomplish that: design new processes and streamline department connections.

Don’t allow one department or VP to choose. All stakeholders need input and a part in the identification of features necessary to their function. Customization can get expensive, so don’t use it for non-critical processes.

You will likely discover the standard product, set up correctly for the process, works just peachy. I worked for a company that complained about purchasing software they couldn’t afford to customize due to manufacturing issues. When configured correctly for each department by the consultant, the standard version worked like a dream.

Budget correctly for the software that fits your business requirements and grows with your business. Please don’t go cheap or swallow a consultant’s claim about customizing this excellent software just for you. I lived through that nightmare, too.

The way to avoid dropping a bomb on your business involves employees in process definitions and improvements, well-planned implementation, and choosing the right software to grow your business.

Author: Kris Keppeler, a writer who finds technology fascinating and loves humor. She writes for Crossing Genres on Medium.com and Does This Happen to You? on Channillo. Award-winning podcast producer who enjoys telling stories. Follow her @KrisKKAria on Twitter or on LinkedIn.

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