When it comes to enterprise resource planning software, having an easy and complete installation is one of the most important parts of the process. For many employees, the implementation of a system is a first impression of sorts. The negative feelings generated when this process is drawn out or rife with errors can lead to more resentment toward ERP and less ready adaptation to the use of such software. Whether a company is trying to improve work floor manufacturing processes, warehouse management via mobile WMS or any of the many other benefits that ERP provides, a successful installation is key.

Here are three pieces of advice to drive an efficient ERP implementation process:

  1. Craft a basic plan ahead of time: Having a general outline of how ERP installation should go before any purchases or decisions are made is important. Having specific, detailed objectives may not be possible, but a general plan that includes major dates – such as goals for full integration, the completion of training and the migration of data from an old system – is. As Panorama Consulting pointed out, much of the realization of benefits from ERP occurs before implementation actually happens. Companies need to plan ahead to get the most effective system possible in place.
  2. Get a full commitment from key employees: It may be easier said than done to get certain important staff members to buy into a new ERP system, but it's worth it in the end. Having an agreement in place where these workers dedicate some extra time to learning about the position-specific and organization-wide features of ERP allows for broader dissemination of knowledge and keeps more people involved. CIO.com suggested this training ahead of time to create more on-the-ground insight that leads to stronger adoption.
  3. Seek out flexibility: Having an agile ERP system allows for easier upgrades and the more complete addressing of issues. Businesses that are in the processes of selecting a new platform should look for ERP that places a premium on meeting the needs of individual users. By using a modular system such as Microsoft Dynamics NAV, organizations can choose the ERP pieces that make the most sense for the unique needs for their organization.

Learn how to define your ERP strategy by downloading the white paper entitled "ERP in Manufacturing: Defining the ERP Strategy" from the DMS website today.