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5 Steps for a Successful ERP Implementation

Mon, May 10, 2021 @ 07:30 AM / 0 Comments / in ERP Implementation, erp implementation failure, implementation Best Practices, implementation success by Nancy Phillippi

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ERP Implementation can be very challenging. Follow these 5 simple steps for a successful ERP implementation at your organization.

What is the ERP implementation process?

The Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software implementation process consists of a set of steps that must be followed to ensure implementation of the software is a success.

In this article, we discuss:

  • Stages of the ERP implementation process.
  • Why smart companies partner with experienced professionals when implementing ERP software solutions.

What are the Stages of ERP Implementation Process?

There are 6 stages of the ERP implementation process

Research, discovery & planning

In this stage of the ERP implementation process, information is gathered about the organization implementing ERP software. The gathered information is used to develop a plan for implementing the ERP software.

The goals of this stage include:

  • Understanding the process inefficiencies and other issues that ERP software can solve
  • Evaluating different ERP software options to see which is the best fit for the company
  • Assembling a team to oversee the successful implementation of the ERP software

Experienced ERP software implementation professionals can help prevent companies from overlooking potential pitfalls they might encounter when implementing their chosen ERP software solution.

Further, ERP software implementation professionals can make recommendations as to how ERP software can be used in various scenarios.

Design

The design phase of ERP software implementation includes:

  • Designing new, more efficient workflows that take advantage of the ERP software
  • Working with employees to understand what customizations to the ERP software would be helpful
  • Learning how existing software should integrate with the ERP software

Development

In the development stage:

  • The ERP software solution is configured for usage
  • Customizations to the ERP software are made
  • Integrations with existing software are developed
  • Training materials are put together

Testing

The testing stage takes place after the development stage, but before the deployment stage.

The purpose of the testing stage is to test:

  • if the individual functions of the ERP software work correctly
  • how the functions ERP software functions interact together
  • that migration of existing company data into the ERP software is seamless
  • that the documentation put together for the ERP solution is accurate

Deployment (“go-live”)

After the stages discussed above are completed, it is time for the ERP software solution to be deployed into production. This stage is also known as the go-live stage, in which the ERP solution is put into real-world use.

At this stage, some final, last-minute data might need to be imported into the ERP software.

The team responsible for implementation of the ERP software should be prepared to answer questions from employees who are new to the software.

Depending on the information gathered in the research, discovery & planning stage of the ERP implementation process, the company might deploy the ERP software gradually, allowing existing software to continue being used alongside the ERP software.

Support & updates

Like any other business software, ERP software will need continuing support and updates.

The needs of the company can change over time and the ERP software should be adjusted to fulfil these new needs.

Further, new users to the ERP software will need to be trained.

How Professionals Can Help with Your ERP software implementation

When implementing an ERP software solution, it is best to partner with experienced experts such as Clients First Business Solutions.

Clients First specializes in implementing and helping their clients get the most out of Acumatica  Cloud ERP, Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain and Dynamics Business Central.  All 3 are leading Cloud-based ERP or on premise software solutions for companies of all sizes and across all industries.  

The senior-level team at Clients First has been working with ERP software for over 20 years and has significant work experience in the industries supported by Clients First.   Our focus is on the MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) Manufacturing, Job Shops, Make to Order, Make to Stock and Service type companies.  We implement our solutions globally.  We strive to provide value for all our services.  

To learn more about how Clients First can help implement Acumatica Cloud ERP for your company, speak with an expert today.  Call 800.331.8383 or email info@cfbs-us.com.  

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