Manufacturers need the powerful tools available in ERP systems. When ERP systems first appeared on the market, manufacturers were among the first businesses of any kind to use them. Now, the ERP market is thriving, with software constantly being updated and upgraded. There are many possible manufacturing ERP modules to choose from in systems today. The overload of choice can leave some businesses confused about which features are the best fit for their business, that’s why requirements gathering is so crucial. While it’s important to remember that each business will have unique ERP requirements, manufacturers of all kinds should find the four requirements listed below to be of use in the…Read More
A key factor inERP project success is the strength of the team who help to implement it. It’s a common mistake, when implementing a new ERP system or upgrading an old one, to frame the project as the sole responsibility of the IT or accounting departments, forgetting that it will impact people enterprise-wide.
Here are three steps to help you structure your efforts and avoid common mistakes when thinking aboutputting together your ERP project team . . .Read More
Home renovations can be challenging. As a “do-it yourself” kind of person, it was even more of a challenge to bring in a project manager and other assistance for a large renovation project. If I am only relying on myself, then there is no one to blame if I am behind schedule or if the project isn’t turning out exactly the way I planned. Relying on others to show up, care about the project, and your budget is a lot to ask. That is why the project manager could potentially be the most important piece of the puzzle.
It is the same concept when selecting an ERP professional services provider. There is a lot of information available about how to choose ERP software, but what about the real challenge of implementation? Implementation is definitely more costly and time consuming than the actual software purchase . . .Read More
ERP Software isn’t just for big companies anymore. There has often been the perception that investing in ERP Software is impossible for smaller companies. However, an examination of the current ERP Software landscape would probably surprise small businesses that have shied away from investing in ERP software in the past.
There are two substantial concerns for small businesses when it comes to ERP Software.
The first concern focuses on . . .Read More
To achieve a successful ERP Project implementation, you must begin with the end in mind. The end in mind should be that the new ERP system supports your business processes and is aligned to meet your organizational objectives/goals. This is nearly an impossible undertaking without creating the proper Project Teams up front. Regardless of project size, it is highly recommended that three distinct Project Teams be created:Read More
Once upon a time, there was a business that was trying to grow and update its current operations. One of the items to be updated was the software that the company was using for its core operations. The software was several years old, and the promised update had been postponed multiple times, leading the company to make the decision that it was time to scrap the software.
There were multiple departments that weren’t even utilizing the legacy software because the . . .Read More
I remember a few years ago when “You Might Be a Redneck” jokes were all over the place. There are stores that sprung up in strip malls and shopping outlets simply due to the demand for the Jeff Foxworthy Redneck joke special.
So what do these jokes have to do with ERP? If you find yourself making a list of questions that start with the phrase, “My ERP may need replacing because…”, then you have officially categorized your business like . . .
I have seen it time-after-time. A new ERP Implementation in the waiting, Executive Sponsors selected, Steering Committee in place, Project Managers ready to manage, Core Team ready to dive into the trenches, Project Plans firmed, caffeine charged Technical Consultants prepping the environment And functional consultants ready to inspire and guide the client to new heights of best practices.
Then the Value Assessment reveals that by taking advantage of new functionality lacking in the clients legacy ERP system, or slight changes to business processes, that an exponential gain can be made in efficiency, staffing, throughput, inventory reduction, or one of the many other business metrics companies use to determine success. The Consultant . . .
Typically, a relationship starts with expectation and excitement. And you invest in it to see where it will lead you. Investment comes in many forms, and varies based on the type of relationship. You may invest resources, money, time, and assets, not to mention emotional equity into something that has value to you.
Over a period of time you either discover that the relationship is working for you, or you determine that it's not. In the event that the relationship isn't working, there is usually a natural parting of ways, a "conscious uncoupling", or a dramatic scene that finally spells "the end". No matter how it happens, getting out of a bad relationship is liberating.
Think of all the business relationships you have developed over the years. Often, these relationships are good and built on mutual benefit. On occasion, you will find yourself clinging to something that just isn't working. This can happen for a number of reasons:Read More
If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.”
- Lawrence J. Peter 1977
Sounds simple enough. If you use GPS, you have turn by turn directions that will take you from point A to point B. But if you don’t plan well enough or your GPS is out of date, even when think you’re sure of where you’re headed, you don’t always end up where you expected.
I see a lot of businesses that know that they need to improve “where they are”. They’re pretty sure they know “where they should be” but lack experience driving the bus. What they need is a business GPS! Let’s simplify the examples. If you don’t have . . .Read More
Has fear of failure held your company captive to its antiquated ERP system?
The fear of implementing a new ERP system is common and often controls a company's willingness to consider updating its ERP software. It appears that their are many ERP implementation projects that exceed budget, suffer from delays, and can even be implemented incorrectly. However, there are also many implementation projects that go well, and are successful. The saying, "No news is good news," can be applied to these successful implementations. Consider how . . .Read More
IT is an essential part of any manufacturing organizational structure. Their expertise provides guidance and the strength behind technical operations. Therefore, their input in any ERP Software purchase is invaluable, but should you really put your entire software selection project on the IT Department?
ERP Software is robust and is designed to cover all aspects of manufacturing operations. ERP is the perfect marriage of technology and operations. This is why it is vital to marry operations, business processes, and IT in the ERP selection process and implementation process.
A key role in the ERP implementation process is a Project Manager. The ideal ERP Project Manager will actually . . .Read More