ERP Implementation

Information technology now underpins virtually all areas of organizational activity in the developed world – and with good reason. IT can be a powerful vehicle to achieve improved efficiencies, reduced costs, increased revenue and business. Many IT projects are designed to support mission critical business objectives, representing major investments for the organization concerned.

How We Can Help

IT projects have the promise of delivering significant benefits to your organization. Unfortunately though, IT projects do not have a good record of success – with only 32% of IT projects being completed on time, on budget and with the required features and functions; and in some cases, project failures have threatened the very existence of the organization. We believe that this shouldn’t be the case. We have a strong history of successfully implementing IT and ERP systems. Our expert IT consultants, project managers, and partners will ensure that your ERP system implementation has limited risk. Using our vast experience, you can be assured that your mission critical ERP system will deliver the benefits promised without hiccups and headache.

Specifically, we can help you with the following:

  • Business strategy and goals
  • ERP as a tool to deliver business objectives
  • Organizational design as related to ERP
  • ERP procurement and vendor selection
  • ERP project management and implementation
  • Customization of an ERP system
  • Cultural change relating to ERP
  • End-user training and acceptance

Key Considerations

Questions to Ask

  • Do we have strategic goals set out as to why we are implementing or upgrading an ERP system? What are the business objectives the new system will help to achieve?
  • How will an implementation of a new ERP system affect the current flow of work throughout the organization? Will there be major disruptions?
  • Will it be better to implement the system in stages, departments, or all simultaneously all at once?
  • How will the ERP system affect our organizational structure? Will processes have to be categorized differently?
  • What is the level of acceptance of a new ERP system? Will the system require employees to change their daily habits? How do we plan to encourage and modify employee habits and attitudes?

Thoughts to Consider

  • IT project managers play a critical role in determining whether an ERP implementation is a success or failure. They will often play a key role in interpreting business requirements and translating these into technical specifications. They also act as the go-between the project sponsor and implementation team, needing the ability to speak the language of both
  • A growing body of evidence shows that people-related and other “soft” skills are at least as important – if not more important – as technical expertise in contributing to effective project management.
  • Communication, top management support, and end-user training have been shown to be critical success factors when implementing a new ERP system. These “art” skills are essential to encourage the organizational culture to accept the new system and the changes it brings to their daily work lives.

There are many benefits to ERP implementation done right including:

  • Greatly improved organizational efficiency
  • Reducing cost and resource waste throughout your organization
  • Improved analytics and performance measurement
  • Increased revenue and business
  • Better relations with customers, suppliers, and allies