By Simaak Hameed, business solutions consultant, Datapac

Making the move to an ERP system is a huge decision for any organisation. It requires considerable investment in terms of resources, time and budget, and once it has been implemented; it’s with you for the next few years at least. It’s crucial to get it right.

The main decisions to be made are choosing the right solution within your budget and the right implementation partner – it sounds simple but this is an area on which many organisations fall down.

Even with a top quality ERP system and a reputable implementation partner, organisations often make the fundamental mistake of not evaluating their own unique ERP requirements. This is actually the first and most important part of the lead-in process before any purchasing decision should be made.

This process will then inform the investment decision in the optimal ERP system and the implementation partner that best suits your needs.

Here are five key points to consider when evaluating your own requirements:

      1. Business process readiness
      2. Many organisations make the mistake of believing a computerised system can streamline their business processes. This simply can’t be done and organisations should actually look at it the other way around. Find a way to streamline your business, perhaps set up a manual system first and then build an automated ERP system around it.

      3. Needs v. wants
      4. The never ending debate. In our opinion, needs must always take priority – focus on them and place a lower priority on your wants.

      5. People preparation:
      6. An ERP system is a tool but one that is driven by people. In addition to being IT literate it is very important that the people who are going to use the system are knowledgeable in their area of work. At least one person per operation or department needs to know what is going to go into the system (input) and what is expected from the system (output).

      7. Bolster your infrastructure
      8. Make sure you have the required infrastructure in place or that it will at least be installed alongside the ERP system. Whether you opt for an on-premise or cloud ERP solution, it is imperative the system performance is carefully considered. Even with ERP processes that deliver an optimal solution, poor system performance can create a negative reaction from users and an overall bad impression of the system. This does not only mean having a high end server with terabytes of space. You should also consider factors such as LAN/ WAN speed, availability and speed of connectivity for remote access devices such as smart phones, tablets etc.

      9. Get ready for change
      10. Change management is a huge challenge that comes with implementing an ERP system. Members of your team may have been using existing processes for years and the very introduction of ERP can have a significant impact on their role. Senior management and IT staff need to work closely with the entire team before, during and after implementation to ensure a smooth transition.

Getting the above steps correct puts your organisation on the path to the most effective ERP system, but don’t forget to carefully consider the right implementation partner.

Datapac has been providing affordable, scalable and adaptable ERP and Business Management Applications to Irish organisations for more than 30 years. We partner with leaders such as Microsoft to help you assess your organisation’s requirements and goals to find the right ERP system for you.

Find out more about how Datapac can implement the right ERP system for your organisation. Get in touch with our team today.

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