Although ERP implementation can often be completed through cloud and software options, it is important for organizations to have a good hardware infrastructure in place. There are few things worse than having technical problems with laptops, desktops, servers and networks in the middle of an ERP roll-out or test at a manufacturing organization.
Before implementing new software, enterprises should be sure to test all of their hardware pieces that are essential to the operation of ERP. Without knowing how all of these pieces will react to a new program, there could be problems that pop up that will make things much more difficult. They may even delay the staff buy-in to the program or the speed at which the updated ERP is up and running.
Supply Chain 24/7 said the company will need to look at the system that is currently in place and figure out how the new ERP will work with the hardware. Looking at what changes may happen and how the new system will be a success for the enterprise will be key to making any update or changes.
Learning what requirements are needed for an ERP system is an essential step forward for implementation. Richard Barker wrote on ERP Focus that this will be critical for selecting which vendor will work best, deciding contract language and understanding the relationship with any software vendor moving forward.
Other than knowing what type of computer system is needed, the business will also need to check if its server has the storage limits needed for ERP, as well as whether the network is one that will work for the new software.
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IDG News Service cited a recent report from Panorama that found the average cost of an ERP project was about $7.1 million and took nearly 18 months to implement. More than 60 percent of respondents said the project took longer than they thought it would, and 53 percent went over the costs they had laid out in the budget.
Adding to this was the fact that 60 percent said they have only experienced 50 percent or less of the benefits to their ERP implementation. This is not acceptable for these projects, as ERP should be offering much more than 50 percent of its benefits after implementation. Organizations should assess the condition, speed and compatibility of their hardware infrastructure before carrying out an adoption.
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