ERP Preparation Guidelines: Getting Ready For ERP

Team going through ERP preparation

In a previous article, we covered a holistic ERP selection method. Yet, we covered the fundamentals: from ERP preparation to selection. It was all in one article. Naturally, we’ve received several requests to expand it.

Well, that’s what we’re doing today. We’re going back to this holistic selection approach. You’ll learn the four main phases and steps.

Why should you care about ERP preparation?

ERP preparation ensures your project doesn’t run into too many obstacles. Technology integration is already challenging. Thus, we ought to embrace every opportunity to make it easier.

Moreover, you might remember preparation was Hershey’s first mistake. Of course, no one wants to repeat that story.

So, let’s dive into the three phases.

Three key ERP preparation areas

Before beginning, preparation has a goal. At this stage, we ought to come up with a long list of ERP options. You don’t have to be too specific. It’s enough to consider which options fit your needs.

Now, don’t worry. We’ll revisit this list in the future to reduce it. But, that’s not our aim right now.

Strategy

Strategy refers to your organization’s methods. That means business and IT strategies. Naturally, the same holds for supply chain management and more.

During preparation, your goal is to revisit and re-engineer appropriately. ERP software changes how companies function.

Organization and IT

This area is similar to your strategy. Again, you’ll revisit how your company operates. This time, you’re strictly worried about processes and infrastructure.

Yet, it’s largely the same focus as your company’s strategy. The main difference lies in practicality. Instead, your goal is to assess and update the processes themselves.

ERP software and providers

Finally, we must assess our options. As such, the mentioned list mainly comes from this step.

Again, we don’t have to be too thorough. Our goal is mainly to learn what ERP is and how it works. The same goes for the benefits it can bring.

How can you guarantee proper ERP preparation?

Thankfully, preparation is among the easiest steps. Yet, it can be the lengthiest for some companies. The best tip we can give you is to focus on learning everything. That goes for your company and software.

For more help, you’re in the right place. We’re currently offering a free consultation for new customers. Book yours here!

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