Why You Should Leave ERP Setup To The Professionals
Setting up and implementing your new ERP system is serious work.
After all, you’re essentially rewiring your entire business’s system and the way it operates in order to make it faster and more efficient so that it’s not as prone to human error. This means that stumbling through its setup may only further delay the success of your business by causing problems down the road that could be avoided.
Here at Ekwani, we’ve made setting up ERP’s a target service we offer to our clients because not only do we know the importance of what a good ERP can do to help propel a business forward but we also know how the actual implementation matters just as much (also see: vital.)
As we mentioned, attempting to DIY the setup of your ERP can lead to disastrous delays because of common mistakes, and as your go-to ERP implementors, we thought it best to highlight some of them for you. If you’re someone attempting to DIY the implementation of your ERP, consider the following common mistakes so that you can avoid these potholes and take the right course of action by hiring a professional team, seeing that you’re already on the right track by choosing a new ERP!
Lack of Clarity
The #1 common mistake we see and hear when it comes to implementing ERPs, is companies who choose ERPs that are not right for them. There are many ERPs in the market but it’s important to consider your companies unique needs so that you know what you need and you take the time to make sure/vet that a certain ERP is right for you. An ERP providing more than you need or less than you need can overwhelm you. So take the time to get a clear overview on your business as well as recommendations from other businesses that operate in a similar way.
Lack of Resources
Implementing an ERP isn’t something that will happen on its own. It’ll need time and dedication from your staff and the best of them at that. This is why lack of resources is another common mistake we see and hear companies running into often. When implementing your ERP, you need a team dedicated to its success that knows the plan, the steps and makes sure employees at lower levels are being consistent and active in deploying its success.
Lack of Planning
ERPs are complex and they demand to be treated with respect! These types of softwares are not something that you can figure out as you go along. You’ll need to have a methodical approach to introducing these software into your business as well as the domino effect that will allow it to roll out effectively. That covers the different departments that you’ll start with, the people you can count on to check in with it, how you’ll go about training employees on it so that they’re not overloaded by the switch and so much more.
Lack of Time
Speaking of planning! ERPs need a good amount of time to get implemented effectively and trying to rush through it is one of the worst mistakes we often see and hear about companies making. This is not something that can be implemented overnight and you need to give yourself, your business, and your team the time to adapt to it.
These are only some examples of common mistakes that companies make when attempting to implement their ERP on their own. Others include communication errors, keeping in old softwares, not doing accuracy testing, etc. It’s because of these common mistakes that companies either delay their progression and end up having to spend more money on fixing errors they created or they give up on ERPs thinking it’s not for them when that’s not the case!
This is why we highly suggest leaving ERP implementation to a team that has a tried and proven track record of successful implementation. A team that knows the right steps, timeline, and strategies that aid successful implementation. A team like Ekwani!