How to Start Using ERP Software?

An ERP software is not looked like a mere business management module. Instead, it is considered an integral part of the business.
The transformation has happened in the past two decades, and it is mainly because the ERP has evolved tremendously in the process.
Today, it cuts across all business processes and manages all complexities. It streamlines the business processes and gives a competitive edge.

Let your team sets the objectives first
An ERP offers the universe of functionalities. You need to decide your objective behind implementing it.
There is something called KPI or Key Performance Indicator that defines the necessity of ERP. Whether you need scalability or operational efficiency?

Define the scope of ERP
Experts say that more than half ERP implementations get delayed, and almost three-forth exceed the budget.
Why? The reason is; they fail to restrict the implementation to the predefined scope. As a result, new functionalities add to the system.

Choose the right ERP
It is a vital step. Once the scope is clear, you should shortlist one or two ERP platforms. A thorough analysis is required to compare their strengths and limitations.
Let your team come out with a system that is best-fit for your business.

Infrastructure assessment
Your legacy systems may not be capable of managing a comprehensive ERP system. Before you go further, analyze the system requirements and make necessary arrangements for procurement.
It may be a conventional setup or cloud; you need to arrange the necessary things beforehand.

Make a data migration strategy
Another critical step is to migrate the data from legacy systems to the ERP system.
Since these two systems are independent and don’t have anything common; the migration experts need to work minutely on every data element.
Take only those data items which are necessary. Filter out the unwanted stuff.

Customize the ERP only if inevitable
The less customized your ERP system, the better it is. Try to accommodate business processes into ERP functionalities as much as you can.
Only those things which are business critical and not supported by the standard ERP system should be customized.

Make everybody ready for it
Yes, change management is a crucial thing. Your team is accustomed to the existing system and processes. Moving to the ERP system would be a troublesome thing for them.
Hence, much before the ‘big day’ arrives, you need to prepare everyone for it. Involve each member in the implementation program so that there are no shocks after implementation.

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