Today’s executives have more choices than ever when opting to either implement or upgrade an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution.
From on-premises systems to cloud-based software-as-a-service to industry-based solutions, the options are vast and varied. These large, complex programmes promise to transform business systems and provide greater added value, but in retrospect many frequently fail to deliver.
ERP systems are often promised as ‘out-of-the-box’ solutions but mostly are not ‘one-size-fits-all’. An ERP implementation requires governance and planning which requires balance with Business Management, to keep the project aligned to business objectives. With these considerations the ability to deliver future value and benefits senior leadership and boards can be assured in the investment when the future arrives.
Whether it’s a customised solution or an off the shelf platform such as Microsoft Dynamics, SAP, Oracle or JD Edwards, developing a well-considered implementation strategy is vital to safeguard your project’s success.
At Qual IT we are able to apply a holistic approach from our experiences across multiple sectors and domains to provide analysis of your situation and aid you ask the questions that matter for delivery;
- Can the ERP application portfolio be realised within the timescales set?
- Are the implementation contracts vague regarding timelines, deliverables and costs?
- Is your existing IT governance model adaptive to the specific demands of ERP?
- Has the business been actively engaged, does it recognise the demands of ERP transformation, will it accept the solution?
- Has the complexity of your individual organisation been understood? Will standard application processes be implemented, and will they be workable?
- Now the project is underway, is your ERP Delivery Partner making team changes and bringing the best service experience and capability to your organisation?
- As the project progresses will it remain on budget? If cuts are made is QA targeted?
Sound familiar? If your ERP implementation is displaying any of these characteristics it is generally am indication the programme could be veering off course. Our Consultants can assist to reduce the risk and the underlying cost by helping you keep a grip on your deliverables, control the incremental steps and generate lasting value.
We can do this by;
- Embedding QA in the journey and asking the right questions of the project to identify the correct outcomes to keep your ERP implementation strategy aligned to your business goals.
- Designing a ‘Fit for Purpose’ QA & governance framework to maintain consistent rigour and quality levels whilst evolving to meet the changing demands of each phase of an ERP project
- Mature business analysis competency to capture any gaps between organisational needs and solution capabilities to determine internal stakeholder and external customer expectations to increase stakeholder buy-in
- Managing Risk - ERP Implementations demand change. And with change comes risk. Some risks you can see, some risks you can predict, some risks can plan for and some you can’t. Focusing on minimising risk & development of mitigation strategies ensures project performance
- Evaluating your project’s key deliverables and providing demonstrable recommendations for areas in need of improvement
Get in touch today for a smoother implementation and to ensure your ERP project remains on the right track and stays there until the finish line by arranging an in-confidence discussion with our ERP specialist Emma Pryce.
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