Electronic resource planning (ERP) is a great solution for large scale business operations looking to streamline and make all aspects of a businesses function more fluid and efficient. This is a complicated process that requires everyone who will work within the new system to learn how to do their job in a completely different way. It also involves the transition of all aspects of business functions to the new system and the installation of a variety of new pieces of software.
Making this switch can be a big task, so it is vital to be prepared to implement your ERP in the most effective manner possible, making the switch as painless as possible. What follows are the basic steps that are involved in the implementation of an ERP system.
First a business or consulting firm will need to take an in depth look and research all the business functions to help determine the company’s ERP needs. Once one has a good idea of what exactly their business needs are, it is time to look into available ERP software to see if any of the available software meets the needs of your business. If the business is very large or incredibly complex, it might be useful to contact companies that specialize in the development of personalized ERP software.
This is also when you will create a basic time table for the completion of different steps within the implementation process.
This is the stage where the basics of the system components will be determined and designed. This is also the stage at which prototypes for usability testing begin.
Once the physical changes to the system have been made and the ERP software is is seen as close to ready to go, it is time to introduce the software into the business. This is when employees will be trained on how to use the software, and before the software officially goes live, user testing by actual employees should be performed to help work out any additional issues with the software.
After the users have been trained and the software revised in any way needed, it is ready to go live.
It is important to have regular testing scheduled to ensure that the software continues to work properly and provides for the needs of the business. Once the ERP is implemented, the convenience of having all aspects of one’s business managed by a high quality ERP program will be gleaned.