A small guide on ERP implementations
The question to ask is, why would one require an ERP tool?
An ERP implementation is used to streamline the business. Implementing an ERP tool will bring lot of credibility for the organization. ERP Implementation for organization is considered to be one of the complex tasks. A proper understanding of most important modules such as Sales, Purchase, Material Management, Operations etc. is very essential.
Some times there are complex requirements towards implementation of OpenERP some of them are
customizations as per the business process, or a customized new module development or integration with third party tools for better convenience of the organization can increase the pricing and timelines of the projects implementations
If you are new to ERP systems, the advisable strategy is to keep the implementation as simple as you can which means start with out of the box or vanilla implementation with base modules you require for your organization. Test the modules features and flows as provided by the system further moving on your organization can concentrate on various aspects such as for example
1) Material Management
a) Process for bringing material in
b) Process for managing material that is in stock
c) Process for managing material that is in WIP
d) Process for managing how material is shipped
e) Process for managing how material is moved from point to point
f) Process for taking material out for testing, scrap or engineering
2) Operations & Engineering
a) Process for entering, updating, and auditing BOMS and routings
b) Process for building the actual products
c) Process for reporting metrics, measures, and quality
a) Process for establishing cost
b) Process for month end close
c) Process for quarter close
d) Process for establishing and running reports needed
e) Understanding how the ERP will impact your accounting, and how your accounting department can effectively utilize the ERP is very important.
a) Process for who is going to support it and establishing how that support is procured and managed.
What I’ve mentioned is a brief highlight of some of the things that need to be hit.
(The above points are just the examples and can vary depending on the organizations)
A true guide can turn out to be hundreds of pages. In all honesty your best bet is to research consultants, and select the best one that can help your company implement. Expect it to take months, and expect your personnel to DEDICATE a considerable amount of time to doing it right. Remember that A successful implementation of ERP software is when you start using tool and various employees from your organization taking part to create tool as they needed.
If you do your homework properly before implementing A successful ERP implementation can skyrocket your growing business by automating many tasks, and organizing your work. However, without correct processes and procedures in place to effectively utilize the ERP, you are just implementing a way to help expedite the demise of your business.
If you have any questions or are interested in an ERP implementation, get in touch. We will get back to you as soon as we can.