The Enterprise Resource Planning ERP System Software in Pakistan has advancements over the last two decades. By ERP, I meant a system with a user base of at least 2000+ companies with millions of dollars in financing.
The approach to implementation can be performed in a phased manner.
Implementation of the ERP System
Implementation of the ERP has its challenges from the conceptualization stage to actual use and beyond. I was thinking of sharing my views as to what could primarily contribute to the success of Erp system implementation.
These factors set out below are more relevant from a project management perspective, particularly in the implementation part of the software.
Management support and self-assurance
This is the first and probably most important factor determining the success of the ERP project any entity or business must make the time and effort to evaluate the need for an ERP system before making decisions on the ERP system. An entity capable of investing more than a million dollars would have some kind of existing system. They would perform the ERP function to some extent through legacy, so it is important to do the following as a first step.
Return on investment.
When considering implementation costs, apart from licensing and consulting costs, it is important to consider post-implementation maintenance costs and this also varies depending on the size of the implementation.
Both requirements to be worked out and I would suggest only if management is happy with the above estimations & expectations there is a necessity for a new ERP system.
Choosing an ERP product
Once, the decision is taken in favor of ERP implementation, then the next step would be to find out the appropriate ERP product which would outfit the business. Some aspects, I believe that is important towards selecting ERP products are:
Product suitability to its business, support the seller provides, future upgrades & scalability, cost & availability of consultants to provide support in the future needs to be considered apart from pricing before choosing the product.
ERP’s can be personalized to suit business requirements, this is usually mentioned as ‘customization’. Customization can plug the breach from a business solution viewpoint. However, it is always better to avoid customization or at most keep customization to a minimum considering the following aspects.
• Additional costs involved in development and testing.
• Maintenance cost even after deployment in production.
• Any business process change might impact customization and this would require improvement of the customization and thus cost.
• When an upgrade occurs in the future, the customization has to be upgraded as well which would incur a cost.