Are You Ready for a New ERP System?

Good Morning fellow ERP Champions and all around Risk Takers …

Rick Nielsen here, the host of the ERP Roadmap blog …. I wanted to comment today on how important it is to do a thorough justification of an ERP software system as the first step in the process…

Are You Ready for a New ERP System? …

While you might know the answer to this question off the top of your head, I contend that most people need to give it a great deal more thought…

And even if you know that you need a new system (or upgrade for that matter), who else needs to know with certainty? The boss maybe? … all top management maybe? … those people that are neither but influence others behind the scenes?

We all know that the effort required to get an ERP implementation to Go Live requires a great deal of resources (HARD DOLLARS!) and time. If you don’t have the commitment from top management, when the going gets tough, at least two things are going to happen … and maybe a third…

  1. The software implementation is going to get put on the back burner and …. and no less important…
  2. A dart board with your face on it will be used to explain why the companies financial position is not as favorable as it should be!
  3. And …hopefully you still have a job! (I did say Risk Taker didn’t I?

So spend the time to properly justify your system – the FIRST step in the ERP Roadmap*. It really has to be done before you do anything else. Here are a few pointers to get you started:

  • Listen to your user base – what problems are they having? What capabilities do they require that they do not have in your current system?
  • What aspects of your system are preventing you from providing the capabilities and solving the problems that your user base has articulated?
  • Combine the list of problems and capabilities with the system issues – how do they relate?
  • By doing the above you will start a conversation. As you discuss these issues, consensus and support will start to build

Do you need a new ERP system? By simply following the above 4 bullet points, you will start to think more deeply about the question and will involve others in the thought process …

Rock on … Until next time … this is Rick signing off…

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If you are interested in listening to an interview / discussion with a seasoned veteran of systems implementations, and specifically on the justification issue, check out my latest podcast episode at Implement ERP Fast.

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One Response to “Are You Ready for a New ERP System?”
  1. Martin Green says:

    In conjunction with Technology Evaluation we are hosting an event on May 1st 2008 in Charlotte North Carolina that we are calling the ERP Shootout. Giving an opportunity for companies to see the 7 top ERP Software vendors in a head to head competition where they will have to all demonstrate the same script so participants can see an apples to apples comparison of their software. SAP, Microsoft Dynamics, Oracle JD Edwards and EBS, Epicor, Infor, and IFS will be present to each do their 2 hour presentation, allowing companies to narrow their long list of vendors to a short list in ONE DAY. What a huge cost and time benefit for any company looking for ERP software. You can see a press release at http://news.yahoo.com/s/prweb/20080319/bs_prweb/prweb780414 or visit the site at http://www.erpshootout.com. For more information please contact Kevin Nichols at 336-854-2948

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