Despite the proven success of ERP software in solving practical business challenges, there remain companies for whom the whole ERP thing has no delivered: Process are delayed and the cost of managing resources goes up rather than down. The reason for this, as we learn from practical experience, is mistakes in implementation.
Let’s take a look at the most common ones:
- Unclear requirements: There are a few businesses who are attracted to ERP because they have heard the success stories. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to appreciate the value of pre-planning and getting clear on what their expectations are. Unclear requirements lead to unclear implementation, and eventual chaos.
- Management indifference: The worst-case scenario is when the top management considers the ERP just another software package and leaves it all to the technical staff. An ERP connects with and affects just about every department in the company, so management support is crucial.
- Resource constraint: Not putting enough resources on the job is another problem. As it happens, any ERP implementation, if it’s going to be successful, demands a lot of attention from the company managers and employees. People who are going to be using the ERP for a long time need to be there when it’s being planned.
- Expecting too much: While ERP can indeed turn around your processes, the results may not necessarily be magical and instant. Expecting too much or impractical results from the solution can only lead to frustration.
At Ramco, ERP is all about understanding fundamental business problems unique to the customer. That’s why the world over, Ramco ERP is helping organizations achieve their objectives by providing them robust and flexible ERP implementation.