A focus on education can improve the ERP implementation process

////A focus on education can improve the ERP implementation process

Good businesses put effort into educational practices because they create more informed employees and increase operational effectiveness.

Employees on the factory floor are educated about safe work practices and efficient methods for completing duties, while supervisors and managers learn about leadership strategies. Even top-level executives rely on informational briefings and other concepts to stay current about the state of their specific organizations as well as industry-wide developments. So, when it comes to ERP implementation and use, why should developmental strategies be any different?

ERP systems are needlessly complicated or too technical for the average employee to understand and have become more user friendly since their initial development. However, the breadth and depth of their functionality across a wide variety of business practices means that those who interact with the software will need to learn how to use it effectively. Additionally, staff should know how to interpret the various informational streams provided by ERP – the most complete and beneficial system won't be harnessed effectively if employees aren't able to fully grasp how to use it.

Emphasis on knowledge building is needed
SearchManufacturingERP recently discussed a report from Panorama Consulting Solutions about the current state of ERP software. The source pointed out that for the first time since Panorama began providing the annual survey, education and change management became the most common challenge reported by businesses.

Panorama founder Eric Kimberling wrote in his blog that the single most important part of managing ERP implementation and making adoption a success is to focus on training and learning efforts. While this is a wake-up call of sorts for businesses that may have been focused on the more technical aspects of the installation process, it is also an entirely manageable process. Top providers will give support for educational efforts, maximizing the efficiency of ERP use.

Modular ERP especially effective, requires training as well
Businesses with a wide variety of organizational components, like manufacturing and warehousing operations, may want to consider the use of a modular ERP system like Microsoft Dynamics NAV. The increased flexibility of this software aids businesses with complicated needs in managing inventory, financial concerns and production components, allowing the use of different add-ons to address specific needs.

Effective training is especially important for this kind of management platform, so businesses should consult with possible providers about how they can aid in training efforts before choosing an ERP partner.