An ERP project should be considered as an important undertaking for any organization. ERP project management is the key to a fruitful ERP implementation… An organization must clearly define the ERP implementation “finish line”, or the scope of the ERP.
An ERP software implementation plan should serve as a GPS navigator for the ERP stakeholders. It will set down a clearly marked roadmap for a fruitful ERP implementation. The roadmap will include key milestone checkpoints, in order that project progress can be tracked.
A good ERP system implementation plan must break down the project into phases. Each phase should be discrete, manageable and measurable. Typical phases for an ERP implementation are: Planning, Conference Room Pilot, Conversion and Integration, Training, Parallel Run, Go Live and Stabilization. Milestones and deliverables for each phase should be identified. A landmark can be signing away from a deliverable, a high level review meeting, an unbiased assessment etc.
Next, for each phase of the implementation plan, a set of activities/tasks should be defined. These activities should further translate into processes that can be followed and/or implemented what goes into an SD-WAN implementation plan. Each process will need to have its objective, resource skill requirements, inputs and outputs clearly articulated.
Finding its way back to the analogy with the GPS navigator, ERP implementation phases, milestones and deliverables automatically provide the product quality and control checkpoints. Not only that, the plan also articulates the processes which are being implemented because phase.
For almost any project you will find only three critical success factors that want constant attention and monitoring. These factors are resource allocation (personnel and money), time (project schedule) and scope (functionality and deliverables). The ERP implementation plan therefore must set up a budget, a timeline and the scope for the entire project. This serves while the project dashboard. The budget, timeline and scope should then be scaled right down to the phase level, establishing the phase dashboard and the phase checkpoint measures.
All the defined deliverable should be measured and monitored. At the conclusion of each deliverable, the project team must stop and evaluate whether they’re on target with respect to budget, time and performance. Evaluation should contain quickly collating the measures and analyzing them. In the event of deviation a prioritized set of action items should emerge and be implemented rigorously. Immediate feedback and correction reduce ERP implementation failure risks significantly.
It’s advisable that at select project milestones, an unbiased and objective project assessment be done. An evaluation of the existing business strategy, degree of business change because the project launch and projected business changes should also be factored into these evaluations.