How to succeed the implementation of an ERP?
More than the chosen solution, the successful implementation of an ERP depends on many other factors that have to be considered. It is important to follow several steps for the implementation of an ERP tool within your company. So, what are these steps?
13 December 2022
Conduct a website audit
The implementation of an ERP can only start with a diagnosis. You have to identify the issues that a company wishes to address through the installation of an ERP. It is therefore necessary to define these issues such as:
- The problems that generated the project
- The main challenges of the project
- The people concerned by this new tool
- The existing information flows
- The tools used by the users
- The main goal to achieve
These questions will help to identify the needs, to create an adequate specification and thus to proceed with an ERP implementation that meets the needs of a company.
Choosing the right ERP solution
The second step is to choose an ERP solution that is adapted to your company. Indeed, there are many solutions on the market but not all of them are suitable. This is why, it is important to ask many questions about the technical criteria to be considered and the various existing solutions.
The support of a specialist in digital transformation can thus be appreciated in a project of an ERP implementation. It can thus avoid technical errors and provides a completely customised service.
Prepare the implementation of an ERP
The installation of an ERP or any other new tool within a company can create a real upheaval. If the teams are not ready and accompanied in the project of ERP implementation, the project may thus fail.
It is therefore important to inform the teams concerned of this forthcoming change, but also to explain the different stages of the process and to reassure them by answering any questions. As with any project, thinking collectively is highly recommended to strengthen a team around the forthcoming change.
The implementation of an ERP involves a change management within your teams. Your employees play an important role in this type of project. This is why training is mandatory to facilitate the use of the tool.
Furthermore, a rigorous follow-up will be necessary during the deployment of your ERP project. Indeed, you will need help but and to offer customized training for all your teams. They will help you make the transition smoothly and show users all the new advantages of the solution.
The implementation of an ERP
Once the issues have been identified, the software has been chosen and the teams have been informed, it is thus time to proceed with the implementation of the ERP. In this case, there are several stages that will enable the set objective to be achieved including:
- Setting the parameters of the software to meet the desired problems
- The implementation of tests to ensure that everything is functional
- Deployment of the solution to employees
- Monitoring and maintenance to ensure the effectiveness of the ERP installation
The implementation of an ERP solution is also a long-term process.
After choosing your service provider and the type of deployment adapted to your company, comes the deployment phase of your ERP project. It requires a few steps to be successful, such as
- Computer inventory management (define your needs in server, for the renewal of computer stations etc.)
- Demos and configurations. The demos will allow you to verify that the ERP solution corresponds to the needs of your company. This phase is also important to know if you need to add new features.
Measuring ROI after an ERP software implementation
It is important to measure the return on investment offered by the chosen ERP solution.
Several analyses can therefore be carried out depending on your objectives and your business. The implementation of the ERP has to be profitable and allows the company to gain, otherwise it will be difficult to consider this change as a success. Once your employees are able to use the ERP, you can measure the profitability of your tool. Define performance indicators to analyze the success of your deployment, such as
- Employee productivity
- Delivery time monitoring
- Inventory turnover rate
As an integrator of management solutions for more than 30 years, Absys Cyborg's experts will accompany you throughout the implementation of your ERP whatever your sector of activity and your needs.