ERP Implementation Plan: 4 Strategies For Starters

ERP implementation plan considerations

By now, we’ve covered ERP implementation extensively. For instance, you learned the fundamentals for success. However, we haven’t covered finding an ERP implementation plan.

Today, we’re changing that. We’ll show you the four most popular methods. Moreover, you’ll find how to pick or develop the best one. For more information, make sure to give us a call!

The 4 ERP implementation plan examples

Luckily, NetSuite has a great article with ERP strategies. They simplify the process into four outlines. That said, keep in mind that these descriptions aren’t laws. Each one breeds variations and adaptations.

Single-step

As the name implies, you implement everything at once. Instead of working in stages, you move all data at once. The same goes for migrating users, training, and launch.

Naturally, you’ll finish quicker. That means reaping the benefits earlier and lower costs. Yet, resolving mistakes and reverting is harder. You must get everything right at first. Thus, errors and glitches consume way more resources.

Phased implementation

Now, you probably know that stages are our favorite method. Essentially, you tackle each step individually. That goes for data conversion, setup, training, and more.

Typically, that means mistakes are easier to manage. You’ll dedicate enough focus to each stage to minimize them, too. On the other hand, it takes a lot more time. Ideally, you want to review each phase. So, you’ll need patience and probably pausing operations.

Parallel adoption

In this step, you use two ERP systems simultaneously. Usually, that means your legacy software and new implementation. This approach’s length can vary considerably.

Fortunately, this strategy lowers risk considerably. That’s because reverting is easier. As such, your legacy software becomes a safety net. Yet, human error and costs can become a problem. Your users work with two systems at once.

Hybrid approaches

Finally, many companies combine different methods into one. Of course, this approach can be ideal. The main concern is knowing when to use each.

For instance, the single-step approach can work for core modules. You can roll out add-ons in phases. In the meantime, you’ll still use your legacy system.

Finding the best ERP implementation plan

Many factors influence which plan is best for you. Your company’s size and risk tolerance are crucial. Deadlines and budgets are also relevant. We can simplify it as follows:

  • Single-step implementation is better when time is an issue. It’s also ideal for larger budgets in case of errors.
  • Phased implementation is better when time isn’t an issue. You’ll sacrifice your ROI pace for lower risk.
  • Parallel implementation is better for minimizing risks. However, maintaining two systems can be costly.

Developing your ERP implementation plan

If you’re still hesitant, don’t worry. These examples are great for giving you an idea. Yet, you might need something different.

If that’s the case, we’re here to help you. We can develop a strategy that adapts to your goals and needs. Book your free consultancy here!

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