3 Tips for ERP Deployment: Pay Attention To Those Red Flags

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There are certain tasks that can improve your chances for a successful deployment of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, and there are things that can sabotage your activities.  Any business working on an ERP deployment can learn a thing or two from the recent rollout of the United States National Health Care program.  According to “Builders of health insurance website saw red flags," posted on DetroitNews.com by Jack Gillum and Julie Pace, there were activities that caused concern as to whether the rollout would happen on time and work as planned.  Unfortunately, they didn’t handle those red flags appropriately and the rollout was a bust.

We all can learn from history and the experiences of others.  Here are three tips to avoiding the red flags that plagued the health care website rollout:

  1. Set a reasonable schedule and plan for delays:  Implementing an ERP solution is not as easy as installing a new software program on your computer.  Business software requires proper hardware, equipment systems, and the people who know how they all work together.  Add time for testing, data population, and further testing.  Depending on the nature of deployment and the ERP solution, implementation can take upwards of a week or several months.  So err on the safe side and plan for longer.
  2. Get the right team involved from the start:  You need tech professionals to install the hardware and deploy the ERP solution, but you also need the assistance of your business owners and managers.  As systems are being put in place, you need data to populate the solution, testing, and verification that all is working correctly.  When the right people aren’t available, there could be problems with the solution and more delays.
  3. Keep it simple:  Complicated solutions lead to complicated implementations.  Most ERP solutions are comprehensive, integrated, and customizable for unique business needs.  Don’t overcomplicate the solution with incompatible add-ons or work-arounds.  They reduce the effectiveness of the ERP and, you guessed it, create more delays.

The healthcare website had people working late nights under pressure of a looming deadline, re-writing code, and making last-minute changes.  You want to avoid all of these red flags and you can, if you plan your ERP implementation appropriately.  Contact Associates Solutions, Inc. for guidance with choosing an ERP solution that matches your business needs and setting up a reasonable implementation schedule that avoids the red flags experienced by the healthcare website rollout.

By Associates Solutions, Inc., a Microsoft Partner out of Kansas

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