We get “too many” calls to help resolve problems associated with system upgrades and/or new system implementations.
How can some of these disasters be avoided upfront?
- Navigating ERP sharks – ERP software suppliers must be some of the most aggressive salespeople I’ve seen. Even when you are careful, they’ll likely focus more on the bells & whistles of their system rather than important details of key functionality needed to drive results.
- Standard functionality – Standard functionality is the downfall of ERP selection projects. In my experience, 20% of the time should be spent on standard functionality since core suppliers will have it. Reverse the order and spend 80% on unique functionality.
- Lopsided team – Although there will be some disciplines more interested than others in the selection project, if they decided for everyone, you shouldn’t be surprised if you end up with a great system in that particular area with the rest left to luck.
- Losing track of features – Although it seems obvious while sitting in the demo, it becomes amazingly difficult to figure out which feature went with which software a few days later. Note follow-up questions and compare notes immediately following the demo.
- Focusing solely on functionality – Don’t get lost in functionality and forget that the software supplier will be your business partner. They will make or break your success.
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