What is Enterprise Resource Planning Software?


Tougher competition in the marketplace is generating the need to better optimize resources, improve profitability and keep customers satisfied. Companies are increasingly implementing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software solutions to improve operations and provide faster customer response.

Choosing an ERP solution that meets your specific business requirements will enable you to have a smoother implementation. If the software package is written for your industry, you won’t have to custom design a solution. Customized solutions are time consuming to implement and add unnecessary cost. One of the top reasons ERP implementations fail is because the software doesn’t meet basic industry specific business requirements. However; purchasing an ERP application is only half the battle. A well designed implementation plan is the key to success.


5 Steps To Successful ERP Implementation


1. STRATEGIC PLANNING
• Assign a project team.
• Examine current business processes and information flow.
• Set objectives.
• Develop a project plan.


2. PROCEDURE REVIEW
• Review software capabilities.
• Identify manual processes.
• Develop standard operating procedures.


3. DATA COLLECTION & CLEAN-UP
• Convert data.
• Collect new data.
• Review all data input.
• Clean-up data.


4. TRAINING AND TESTING
• Pre-test the database.
• Verify testing.
• Train the Trainer.
• Perform final testing


5. GO LIVE AND EVALUATION
• Develop a final Go-Live Checklist.
• Evaluate the solution.

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