Replacing ERP Software?

Are you planning to change your ERP vendor?

ERP Implementation tips

ERP Implementation tips

Replacing system management software is like visiting a medical clinic for injection, painful but necessary.  First, try to get upgraded version if any, from your existing ERP vendor.  Probably this means more investment, but worth considering.  Once you rule out this option, and decide to look for new ERP software, consider the following points:

  1. Once again define the new requirements, this time make a function wise list.  For instance, accounts, material, sales, and so on.  It is important to do the ABC analysis, A essential list, and C is wish list.  Remember if everything is A, you will have to pay for the customization, so let go of some point as wish list.  Share the list with the new ERP vendors, and try to match.  Here the trusting the new ERP partner is important that you want the truth.
  2.   Do some business process improvements.  Do not (do not, no this is not a spelling mistake, just to emphasise) automate without improving your existing methods.  Chances are you will automate the mistakes; this means ERP will do mistakes faster.  This exercise is called BPR (business process re-engineering).  All the problems with the existing system are in fact opportunities for improvement.  Ensure that you are aware of the issues, and that the new ERP software system will help resolve them.  Learn more about BPR here  http://www.dnserp.com/b__p__r_.htm.
    Do some BPR before ERP

    Do some BPR before ERP

  3. Stay focused in defining the scope.  Module wise write down master, transactions, and reports.  Again, do ABC analysis of the same.  See sample scope given here http://www.dnserp.com/dns_scope.htm.  FAQ: Can I change the scope?  Ans: Yes, but after discussing with the ERP supplier and before starting to implement.
  4. Select your task force.  Motivate them, yes allocate a budget.  Offer incentive.  Involve key people at the start.  Write important milestones.
  5. Size of the ERP company is not that important, small or big, what is important is how important it is for them to make your ERP a success.
  6. Arrange for a demo with your own inputs and try to match the report – at this stage without customization.  About eighty percent of your requirements should be met.  So prepare your own data to input for the demo run.
  7. Brainstorm with your senior management to identify potential reasons of failure, and take steps to guard the same to reduce risk.
  8. Assign one (or better two) main ERP coordinator/s, dedicated resource/s.  Consult domain expert and other consultants such as tax, ISO, 6-sigma, etc.  Ensure their valuable time is available.  Study http://www.dnserp.com/implement_erp.htm.
  9. While evaluating make sure the implementer/s are also interviewed and their time is committed.
  10. ERP implementer and ERP coordinator team should have project management skill.  Ask ERP vendor to show their track record of other similar size ERP success story, I mean show the document that was used to track ERP project management in the past.

Hope you will find this ERP tips useful and will share with others, by using the social icons given below.  Let us know your comments, add point that we might have missed out, your feed back will be appreciated. 

About Jyoti Social
Jyotindra Zaveri (Jyoti Social). Social Media Marketing Consultant and Trainer. IT professional since ...1975 with academic credentials in electronics and electrical engineering from VJTI, Mumbai, India. Formerly worked in IBM, trained in Germany. Re-Fired not Retired! Travelled extensively from India: Bahrain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, UAE, UK, and the USA. • Having lived through every avatar of Internet Technologies, can bring a depth of online experience. • I help companies promote their products / Services on Social Media. • Social media marketing skills: • Seven years of experience in Social Media Marketing. • Specialization in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube, Google+ and so on, with a proven track record. • Earned rave reviews and accolades from clients. • Social online, with an engaging personality, constant urge to share interesting content online. • Organizations outsource their Social Media Marketing to us with full confidence. • Innovative and creative, always looking to think outside-the-box with new ideas. • Authored Nine books including book on ERP. • Published three online daily newspapers. Worth noting: Specially invited by Microsoft to meet Mr. Bill Gates in Mumbai (Gates first visit to India), on 5 March 1997. Activities of interest: Practising and Teaching Scientific Meditation. Lifestyle: Vegetarian, Jain, I do not take beer or liquor. Links: Many references and testimonial videos https://goo.gl/ptI0r9 Website http://JyotiSocial.net

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