Move Your Organization Forward with ERP
If you've already started on the ERP implementation process, you're probably familiar with the advantages of ERP software. You know it can make your organization’s day-to-day operations a thousand times easier by automating tasks, increasing insight and reducing manual data entry. However, you can't expect new software to transform your business if you don't cut out the inefficiencies in your current processes. Below, we explain how you can use the ERP implementation as an opportunity to fundamentally improve your business processes and move your organization forward.
Business Process Modeling
One of the key stages of an ERP implementation is the modeling of your business processes—mapping out every role, task and interaction within your system. Enterprise resource planning software is built to support all of the usual jobs that an organization goes through every day, so you need to illustrate and understand every job you will be asking your new software to do. However, the need for ERP support for every single one of your business processes begs the question: are you sure all of your business processes are the best they can be?
Transformation Beyond Technology
The business process modeling (BPM) stage of an ERP implementation entails a lot more than simply talking through tasks and putting pen to paper. You need to use the meetings with your project team, stakeholders and C-Suite to remodel those business processes that might not be the most efficient, or that are repeated throughout departments. The most important takeaway from the ERP implementation process should be the emphasis on development at all levels of a business, not just the software suite. Leverage the change to incite further innovation in all aspects of your business.
Using the ERP implementation process as a transformative tool will garner even more rewards for your business than just the cost savings and increased efficiency that sales reps advertise. Understand your current processes, identify areas in need of improvement and prioritize goals before beginning the actual implementation.
Aligning Software with Goals
Once you have your business goals pinned down, make sure that your ERP vendor can support most of your requirements out of the box. That means undergoing a careful vendor selection process. As you meet with sales reps and view demos, never lose sight of your business processes. Even if the platform is sophisticated, it might not align with your specific needs or your industry. Create checklists and take notes to keep track of vendors and help you determine which provider is best for your business.
Keep in mind that customizations will likely be required, even if you find the perfect fit. This is especially true if you have several intricate processes. As you consider customizations, take the time to ensure that they are absolutely necessary. Some businesses take on too many customizations before go-live, resulting in delays and extra costs. You may find other strategies to execute critical activities without resorting to extra work.
About to set out on your own enterprise software implementation? Get in touch with one of Datix’s expert consultants. We are an Epicor Platinum Partner with over 20 years of experience in ERP implementations for manufacturers and distributors of all sizes. We can come in at any stage of the ERP implementation process and help you obtain the right ERP system to transform your business processes. Our BPM and customization experts will ensure that your software aligns with your specific needs. Contact Datix today to transform your business with software!