Data Quality Control
The two most common data challenges an organization faces when implementing a new ERP system is replacing legacy data and consolidating separate solutions. First, the business should decide on what type of data needs to be collected for operations and business processes. The second step is to have the business clear any inaccurate or duplicate data sets in the previous system.
Make sure you have someone, whether it be a vendor or IT expert, guide you through this process and map the migration of the newly refined data to the new file format of the ERP system. It’s important that all data should be balanced prior to going live because the data integrity of the new system can be a make-it or break-it for an ERP implementation.
Business Transformation Challenges
For companies that have had the same business model and day-to-day processes for years, business transformation poses a real challenge. However, this is an important stage to provide the new users with a visual representation of the implementing steps and the proposed final outcome of the new system.
By doing so, you can get a view of the business as a whole, so that decision-makers can pinpoint, monitor and determine the work levels in financial terms as well as Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) of people, business strategy and activities. Dedicate a team to ensure that every user understands exactly how their job will be affected, how they will benefit from the change, and how they’ll be educated and trained so as to be more comfortable with the transition to the new ERP system.
Willingness to Adapt
The last challenge for a successful ERP implementation depends on the users and their willingness to adapt to the new system and processes. Sometimes, it can be difficult to change company culture or adjust the way of doing things, so it’s important that the new ERP is managed from the top down. Managers and executives need to be fully integrated into the system so that their employees follow suit.
To overcome this last challenge, we suggest additional ERP training in the implementation plan, as this empowers new users to leverage the full power and functionality of the new software and make quick changes to the system if necessary.