How can I ensure ERP Project Success?

How can I ensure ERP Project Success

The first thing one can hear when an organization embarks upon an ERP initiative is about failure stories and the risks of wasted energy. It is very common to see ERP project’s failing all the time and it is imperative to take a balanced approach towards the whole initiative. Choosing the right ERP, correct partner and spending money alone can’t guarantee ERP project Success.

Often, success and failures of the ERP project can be squarely attributed to the implementing organizations. It might be a bitter pill to swallow. But that is the reality if one considers the fact, that both ERP Product vendor and ERP Implementation partner will have hundreds of success stories elsewhere, but for which they would not be in business. Hence the power to make an ERP Implementation project successful is in the hands of the implementing organization.

KaarTech has built vast experience over the past decade in implementing 100’s of ERP projects in various verticals, Size and Geographies. This gives extreme diversity in the experience acquired over the years. It gets clearer and clearer that, there are few factors when done correct ensures the success of an ERP and absence of them leads to failure for sure. Those are:

  • Mandatory CEO Commitment
  • Strong Steering Committee
  • KPI and Information Needs Identification
  • Long term partnerships with Implementation partner
  • Application Lifecycle Management Strategy
  • Expectation Management on Outcome
  • Avoiding Big Bang Go-Live’s
  • Sticking to Standards
  • Committing the Best People
  • Focus on Training
  • Avoiding excessive Automation
  • Managing Exception Scenario’s
  • Strong Communication

In this series of blogs, I have made an attempt to transparently talk about the critical success factors to ensure ERP Project Success, be it SAP or any other product.

 

Maran Nagarajan

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