For any business, the addition or major upgrade of an enterprise resource planning system is a major event. Altering workflows and educating employees can be significant projects in and of themselves, to say nothing of the technical implementation needs for such software to be properly installed.

The solution to many common ERP problems can be avoided by having all stakeholders share open lines of communication and work together to solve problems and find optimal solutions. ITWeb points out that staff and executives are one of the three major problem categories, the other two being processes and software infrastructure. If companies can create information sharing groups to deal with the people side of the problem, the other two areas of concern are much more manageable.

Manufacturing and warehousing businesses should look to an easily configurable ERP solution like Microsoft Dynamics NAV to address technological concerns. Using modular software allows businesses to customize their system to best meet individual needs and keep up with competitors in the industry. By targeting specific areas of need, companies can reduce overall ERP spending while still getting effective performance out of their programs.

When it comes to providing a useful user education experience, companies can build on the stakeholder network established during the early stages of the implementation phase. These highly-involved employees can help bolster learning efforts by explaining not just how members of different departments can utilize the different software components, but also why they were chosen. Enterprise Apps Today reminds those setting up an ERP system that poor educational efforts and organizational understanding are easily-avoidable ERP mistakes.

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