All the companies including mid-sized, small and large companies have their limitations and strengths. Large companies have systematic and already a well-defined work process which is the opposite when you consider small businesses. They follow an “unmethodical” work process which gets changed on a daily basis on the priorities and customer’s demands.
ERP known as enterprise resource planning helps the entire system of an organization in the proper execution of business strategies. Smaller organizations have small projects to handle, so they need different perspectives in ERP implementations such as:
1. Excessive Customization to be Avoided:
Excessive customization can hamper the implementation process. ERP facilitates your business in running smoothly and yielding a better business outcome. There are many enterprises which will mold the ERP system for fitting it into the business process of their organization as they do not entirely fit into the organization. Excessive customization should be avoided, and organizations can make changes in their business process rather than modifying the ERP system.
2. Adjustments in Change Management:
Change management training is necessary for all the employees being directly or indirectly involved in the business process where ERP gets implemented. Senior executives from leading organizations readily accept the change as it helps in improving the process of their organization. Much of the obstacles get directed from the employees who have to change their working process after the ERP implementation. It is necessary to train these employees by explaining them about various benefits which they will receive in their daily tasks, after the successful implementation.
3. Best Technology:
Small businesses need to choose the best technology for ERP implementation. “BEST” does not always mean high-quality technology in the market; it could be the technology meeting the requirements of the organization. A technology which is suitable and affordable for small businesses is the best technology for them.
4. Consulting Service:
You will be surely partnering with the best consultants in this industry for providing the required assistance in the implementation process. Throughout the project be sure to pull the attention of the senior executives as without their involvement it is difficult to integrate the ERP system entirely in the business process.
5. Priority given to the IT department’s viewpoint:
When the ERP system can match up with the expectations of the IT team then it is highly likely that it will also fit the business process of the organization. Viewing the ERP system from the IT perspective will surely help in the successful implementation of the ERP.
6. Remember Mobile Users:
As the number of mobile users increases, most of the users have started accessing the ERP from their mobiles instead of the desktops. While implementing the ERP system, you have to consider this factor. Choosing and implementing an ERP solution which allows the users for being productive on tablets and smartphones is a smart decision in this scenario.
7. Action-Oriented Project Management:
For the successful execution of the project, you need to have a strong leader taking responsibility in all the phases of the project management. Articulating deliverables, tracking progress will help in the process of ERP implementation. This has to be seriously considered as many of the smaller organizations lack the project management skills and have an ad hoc work process. Action-oriented project management with an efficient leader can deliver the right results for the organization.
8. The Best & Brightest Minds in the Project Team:
Genius team members are always in demand in any organization. A small organization finds it challenging for recruiting and holding on to such resources for a long time. There can be many reasons for this such as work environment, monetary compensation, opportunities, etc. but a versatile team member can help in the faster and successful ERP implementation process.
ERP system has been helping leading organizations in functioning a streamlined way. It makes the system hi-tech and manages the daily processes efficiently like shipping, order entry, receiving, stock counts, and others. Although after the implementation ERP automates the manual tasks, the challenge lies for its successful implementation. This can be executed through professional training and making the organization’s system adaptable to the new structural change beneficial for both employees and the company.