Businesses in the manufacturing and warehousing industries usually need some form of enterprise resource planning software to maintain their position and grow inside their given market segments. The majority of companies use these platforms, which means most organizations will add ERP or upgrade their current system at some point in the future. With the need for an effective system in mind, here are three important pieces of advice for businesses to make the selection and keep the implementation process as smooth as possible:
- Don't choose based on type: As Business 2 Community pointed out, the rise of cloud-based ERP has fragmented the market somewhat. While the cloud certainly offers advantages for some aspects of ERP operation, companies need to be careful to not simply follow trends and make a selection based on overall benefit instead of flashy new features. For organizations that have a wide array of needs – a common concern for manufacturing and warehousing companies – modular ERP may be a good decision. Platforms such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV, which allow businesses to select the best components for their individual requirements, can help get the most out of ERP without increasing spend.
- Focus on training: One area that is sometimes overlooked when it comes to effective ERP use is training of employees. While few companies completely disregard the need for educating their workers on how to use a new system, the correct pre-planning and learning timelines are sometimes not established. Organizations need to make sure they're speaking with vendors and finding out what other companies in similar situations have done to successfully train their workers. Additionally, talking with staff members as the process moves along will keep them as informed as possible.
- Have a handle on the time and resources needed: CIO.com pointed out one common stumbling block for companies looking to add ERP to their businesses or to upgrade from a current system is a poor estimation of what will be needed to make a new platform a success. Businesses need to take stock of every detail involved in the process – another area where open and honest communication with a chosen vendor is very important.
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