One of the best ways to ensure that a new ERP system works ideally, is to do thorough preparation at the beginning of the project. A major step in this planning phrase is creating a Business Process Model (BPM), which is essentially a playlist of ideal functionality for your ERP system to make sure it fits the company’s specific needs.
Software Evaluation stage
The great news is that you don’t have to engage in this process alone. Company teamwork is key to building a successful BPM that leads to ideal software purchase and successful implementation. Management needs to set the tone by showing support. A good starting point is staffing a project team with experienced representation from all departments. Discuss the usual and unusual activities that occur. As you engage with software vendors during the pre-sales process, look for people who fit with your corporate culture. Look for experienced consultants who can offer advice when your staff need help. Your company brings its strengths, especially in the day-to-day operations of the business, while your software partner should bring software knowledge and experience from working with diverse companies.
Post Software selection
While it may seem an added step, re-envisioning how your operations can become more streamlined in the future, and working out any potential snags, is crucial to getting the most bang from your software buck. Rethink how operations are handled. As an example, would different steps improve the flow on a manufacturing floor? Create a plan to ensure employees are properly trained. Have all business scenarios been considered? Take the time to ensure that your investment has the best chance to positively impact your business by paying back dividends in efficiency.
Not only will collaborative work lead to the purchase of the right software, it will also save implementation time by focusing on those issues and procedures that generate a return on investment by improving operational efficiency. By taking the time to properly plan for software implementation, you will save time later, when tensions are rising as you approach the "Go Live" date.
At Parallel Solutions we like to have a thorough understanding of your processes, so we can help you choose the ideal software solution within your budget, and give you a realistic idea of the time needed to implement the software. We know that a smooth roll-out of new software is vital to your company’s success, and our team works diligently with your staff to ensure a successful implementation.
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Mary Jo O'Neill