How to Avoid an ERP Implementation Nightmare

By Guest Author  |  Posted 2015-10-05 Email Print this article Print
ERP Nightmare

Every ERP implementation project will have hiccups and obstacles to overcome. How you respond to these challenges will determine your project’s outcome.

Since longer-tenured employees, in particular, might be more resistant to such substantial changes, it is crucial to get them familiarized with the new system before it goes live. Depending on the employees’ roles and the ERP-associated tasks involved, you may have to schedule weekly or monthly training sessions for team members before the go-live date.

Practice Safe Data Migration

This should go with saying: redundancy, redundancy, redundancy! While migrating existing data over to the new system, ensure that you have properly backed up your files and have them in several secure locations—preferably in local storage and the cloud.

If you have concerns about uploading sensitive corporate data to the cloud during the migration process, there are encryption measures you can take, and services you can employ, to ensure that your data is as safe as possible.

Maintain Realistic Expectations

Never forget Murphy’s Law: What can go wrong will go wrong. Every ERP implementation project will have hiccups and obstacles to overcome. Certain phases of the implementation may require more time and effort than previously anticipated, and your original deadlines may prove too difficult to meet.

How you respond to such challenges will determine your project’s outcome. And keep in mind that most implementation projects, even for small and midsize firms, can take a year or longer. However, when all is said and done, you will likely ask yourself how you were ever able to run your business without your new ERP system.

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Forrest Burnson is a market research associate at Software Advice, where he covers the construction, ERP, distribution and fleet management markets. Before that, he was a researcher for Global Water Intelligence, and he has written for several outlets, including the Texas Tribune, the Austin Business Journal, Market News International and the Austin American-Statesman.


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