This is number 7 in our series of blog posts exploring 10 key steps in successfully implementing an ERP solution for small-to-medium manufacturing businesses.
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One of the best ways to ensure that your new ERP system works for you is to do as much preparation at the beginning of the project as possible. One major step is to create a Business Process Model (BPM). While this step isn’t usually a formal one when working with off-the-shelf, plug-and-play software, it is a vital step towards a personalized ERP system that fits your company’s specific needs.
Why Create a Business Process Model?
Creating a BPM will not only guarantee that the enterprise application will fit the different functions within a business, but also the ways in which these functions are performed. Detailing the work flow of each department and how they work together enables a company to determine specific requirements for the new system and helps to design processes and templates that fit the business much more closely than an out-of-the-box software option.
While designing a BPM is extremely beneficial to the success of any ERP system implementation, we understand that it can be a difficult undertaking. While it may be more comfortable to “do what you’ve always done,” this is an ideal time to take a step back to look at your processes to see what may need to change as you grow or what can be handled more simply.
Once the system has been created, it is important to identify sample data, which can be used to test the effectiveness of the system so that adjustments can be made as necessary. It is important to give users time to work through all the different scenarios and routines, so that once the system only goes live the daily processes are able to run seamlessly.
Mary Jo O'Neill