When the shoe fits?
Investing in an ERP solution is a big decision for your business.
Analyst firm, Gartner estimates that 55% to 75% of all ERP projects fail to meet their objectives. At Addax, our solution specialists see a strong correlation between the time businesses spend in understanding their pain points and the success of their ERP project.
To achieve success your business needs to be “fully engaged from the outset, not starting at the go-live stage”. It is critical for your business to truly understand where it is challenged. Through our observations, we’ve pulled together a winning formula for selecting an ERP solution.
Understand Your Pain
Evaluate business processes, system requirements and work with stakeholders from all departments to understand the true business needs.
Spend time with staff at all levels understanding the pains across your business. This will not only ensure a smoother implementation but allow you to clearly articulate to staff the need for change.
“Focus on finding an ERP solution that fits with your industry requirements,” says Geoff Graham, Business Development Manager at Addax Business Solutions. Geoff continues, “Business will see a greater return on investment from a ‘best-fit’ solution rather than an out of the box solution.”
Review The Scope
Now you understand where you are coming from. Next step, is to spend time reviewing the scope of your project.
What does success look like for individual end users? At Addax, we too often see corporate staff advising on scope, when the reality is that site based personnel have a very different view as to what a system should be able to do.
Finding a solution partner
The time has come for you to choose a solution partner that will allow you the real-time visibility and control over your business that you seek.
A good implementation partner will spend time with you and your team, understanding your business processes and system requirements.
What to look for in a solution partner?
- Industry insight and perspective.
- Technical knowledge and expertise.
- Successful implementation track record.
- Authentic and easy to work with.
You don’t want a partner who just implements. You want a partner who guides you in selecting an ERP that matches your unique business needs.
Choosing your ERP
Now you and your solution partner have a clear scope it is time to enter the demonstration phase.
What to look for in the demonstration?
- Full visibility, control of performance, costs and profit.
- Flexibility and scalability to grow with your business.
- Fully integrated solution to get all your departments talking.
- Tools that eliminate inefficiencies.
- Real-time insight and reporting.
Like choosing a new pair of shoes, it is crucial to get a ‘good fit’. Critical to the success of this phase is keeping in mind the business processes and system requirements identified earlier.
During the demonstration it is important to highlight any concerns you may have. The best demonstrations allow for a free flowing discussion from both sides.
To avoid ERP fatigue, we suggest your project team de-brief after any demonstration and collate everyone’s opinions.
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