When looking to implement an ERP one of the key questions that comes to mind is the time the implementation will take. An ERP implantation is a major project requiring organizations to invest a substantial amount of time and resources in order for the new software to create a tangible ROI. In turn the question of how long an implementation process takes does not have a definite answer but instead relies on the variables depending on each project.
ERP Implementation Timeline: Information Gathering
Scheduling a Go-Live date for your ERP is not an easy task. For this reason, Paapri develops an implementation timeline that includes a project kick-off and road map. In the kick-off, we engage in conversations around the project team strategy and it’s personalization. Week 1-3 is an important task due to creating an effective schedule that does not cost your business more time and money than what was initially agreed. For this reason, Paapri uses success checkpoints on our project road maps to keep us on the same page throughout the entire implementation.
ERP Project Duration: Custom Business Needs
Every business has different needs but a typical implementation takes around 4 months. This implementation aims to set up your businesses core functionality and enables you to transfer the essential data over to the cloud. The implication process from that can be down streamlined with organizations having a straightforward business model and the right team for the implementation project. That being said, implementations with a far larger complex or custom requirements may have a longer implementation timeline all dispensing on the requirements for the project.
ERP Project Communication
At the start of your project and throughout the implementation project it is crucial to establish an open relationship between you and your implementation partner. Having a clear and open dialogue between you and your partner allows for you to be clear on the requirements needed for your implementation and the best process designed for your businesses. By having a clear relationship with your partner the chances of an implication failure reduces significantly. It is crucial for you to not only implement your ERP system but also train the users of the software. The process itself can take time and resources in order for your business to gain the full benefits of the software.
ERP Business Needs
So while the average timeline for an implementation can not be fully estimated it is important to be realistic in your requirements for your specific business needs. This process is not quick and can not be quick or rushed. Examining your process allows for you to gain the best implementation process for your business. Allowing for this allows for you to set an implementation plan that allows for benchmarks and check in dates to ensure your project is on the correct timeline and address issues that arise in a faster approach.
ERP Implementation Plan
While implementation timelines may vary, a precise implementation plan will serve as the foundation for your ERP solution. Once your ERP solution has been implemented, you will reap the rewards of the right technology for your unique needs.
Before working with an ERP implementation partner, it is vital to understand how your business process works from start to finish. Be sure to document the process so your implementation partner can take an objective looking into your business process and spot areas in which you can improve and advise you on the best practices and procedures of the system. This will help the ERP engagement run much smoother and more timely. Here are a couple ERP implementation tips in the meantime.
Don’t get stuck in the hamster wheel with partners that take years to implement. Reach out today to find out how Paapri can support you in your ERP solution.