Implementing an ERP solution is not an easy task. But successful results can be achieved by breaking them into simple ones. The complexity of implementation is directly proportional to the size of the company, the number of processes or departments available and the modules required.
- Generally, as the first step, a Request for Proposal (RFP) is drafted by the organization (with details required). Then it is sent out to prospective vendors,. Before the RFP is sent, the company should work on the major requirements and specific goals, if any. This will help the vendor to get a clear picture on what exactly is the company looking for.
- Based on the RFP and the understanding of the requirements, the vendor will come up with a detailed proposal regarding the implementation. This proposal clearly lists the hardware, software and manpower requirements to implement ERP for the company.
- The vendor would suggest suitable modules based on the requirements and respective hardware and software requirements. For a company wide project like this, there is a high probability that, the hardware and software components are to be purchased. ERP systems require considerable amount of hardware components, dedicated servers and cooling systems. The software and licenses are also very important. In addition, ERP software vendor will suggest the company about robust servers to run the software, so that the software works efficiently.
- An important point to note here is that, the above hardware and software requirements are for implementing Onsite ERP solutions. Vendors like Ramco Systems are providing OnDemand ERP solutions, which operate in the cloud. The company need not invest huge amounts in the infrastructure. Instead, the company enjoys the benefits of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), while opting for OnDemand ERP systems. They just need to pay the subscription in order to enjoy the services.
- During the initial phases of implementation, the company needs to spend on Consultants in order to train their internal IT team and their staff. Once the IT team gets well versed with the software, then the company can stop investing in the consultants.
Apart from the above mentioned basic requirements, there would be lot of specific requirements, based on the company and the processes. A well experienced vendor will help understand and spend on appropriate resources properly.