5 ERP Implementation Mistakes Which Every Organization Should Avoid

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), especially Cloud ERP are business software, which changes everything about how businesses are being run. 

When an ERP is deployed in an organization, then either of two things happens: Either they replace an existing ERP, or use for the first time. 

In both the case, a massive paradigm shift happens in business operations, management, workflow, production, HR and every other vertical. New rules, protocols are introduced and old ones are destroyed. A transition happens from one world to another, and this transition is critical for the overall success of the deployment. 

Often, most of the organizations make fundamental errors while deploying a new ERP and this post will help you to avoid these errors. 

Mistake #1: Data Cleansing Is Missed 

In the build-up to the deployment, more often than not, organizations miss the process of sorting out the existing data and databases, and this translates to countless hassles and disruptions. Tons of wrong data lying at the wrong place for years can choke down an entire system, and make the deployment less successful. 

Before the ERP implementation begins, existing data formats should be reevaluated, realigned to meet the requirements of the new system, and unnecessary data should be removed. 

A thorough data cleansing process can make or break ERP implementation. 

Mistake #2: Missing The Details Of Current System & Workflow 

No matter how advanced the new ERP is, and how much training has been planned for the employees, organizations should never ignore the minute details of the current workflow. For this, an extensive meeting and discussions with the employees are required, wherein the challenges faced in the current system needs to be talked about so that the new ERP doesn’t repeat that. 

Critical business operations, timings and work processes should be identified and worked upon for the new deployment. 

Mistake #3: Avoiding A Test Account For Experiments 

Powerful Cloud-based ERP like NetSuite provides test accounts in the form of sandbox, which can be treated by your employees like a testing ground. Forms and dashboards can be tried, various combinations of data can be entered, reports can be generated to find the true potential of the business suite. 

Often organization avoids such testing of the ERP due to any reason, and this prevents the employees from having a free-hand in experimenting with the software, and its features. 

Mistake #4: Cutting Down On Training 

Often due to the paucity of time, organizations tend to reduce the training phase for the employees, and this is a big mistake.

Since the employees will be using the new ERP for executing each and every business operation, it becomes very important for the staff to get well acquainted with the business suite, and know the details of its operation. 

In the longer run, reducing training time always turns out to be a poor strategy, and reduces productivity. 

Mistake #5: Selecting The Wrong Implementation Partner 

Out of all the mistakes, this one is the most serious and damaging: Selecting the wrong implementation partner. 

Before making the final decision to select the deployment partner for ERP in your organization, always find out the true worth and capability of the partner, and whether they have served clients from your industry or not. 

For instance, we at Inspirria are a premium Oracle NetSuite partner, and have won Oracle NetSuite APAC Partner of the Year award, Oracle NetSuite 5 star award, Oracle NetSuite EMEA Solution Provider award and more, which clearly showcases our capability in deploying NetSuite for hundreds of clients.

To know more about the mistakes related to ERP deployment, please consult with Inspirria right here.

Friday, February 7, 2020

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