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Implementing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software and projects are no easy tasks. With many moving parts and personnel involved in the mix, the process becomes all the more daunting. To help avoid common pitfalls and offer some considerations, Software Advice, a trusted resource and advisory firm for ERP software buyers, recently conducted an analysis of 22 failed implementation projects and looked into the most common reasons for failure in this e-book.

The e-book notes that ERP implementation failure can often be attributed when one or more of the following key goals are not met:

  • On-time implementation
  • On- or under-budget implementation costs
  • Minimal disruption to business operations
  • Improved organizational efficiency
  • Reduced operating costs
  • Increased sales or revenue

One main takeaway from these is that “ERP implementation rarely fails because of the software itself,” as only 18 percent of the failures included in the study were due to buggy software.

To avoid implementation failure, it’s best if the organization take the time to do due diligence and fully research the ERP system, have personnel, particularly consultants completely understand the client’s needs and have a trusted vendor give you a realistic view of the system’s capabilities.

Implementing an ERP solution takes time, so it’s worthwhile to test drive the software and plan ahead for your IT team to prepare for the implementation and additional customizations and decisions that may need to be made at a later date.

Forrest Burnson, Software Advice’s Market Research Associate puts it best: “Regardless of the platform you select, the principles of a proper implementation remain the same: Know what you need and know what you're buying; get buy-in from all of the relevant stakeholders in your organization; make sure to actively involve your IT team in the implementation and listen to their concerns; understand that the software alone will not fix your business's problems—often your business will have to adapt to the software, not the other way around.”

To learn more about how WebSan Solutions can help your ERP implementation process, download our free ERP Whitepaper or take our ERP Assessment.

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 Linz Tan, Web Marketing Assistant, WebSan Solutions Inc. a 2014 Ontario Business Achievement Award Winner for Service Excellence

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When evaluating an ERP software and choosing a partner that will provide implementation, it’s important to consider how well both can support your organization’s needs. Along with our ERP Assessment, which measures how well an organization is optimizing their ERP software, WebSan’s ERP Whitepaper is a valuable resource that will give insight into ways an organization can benefit from a new ERP system.

The “27 Powerful Questions to Ask ERP Providers Whitepaper” addresses a variety of topics, including possible business opportunities, security and risk, implementation, training and support and scalability. The different sections of the ERP Whitepaper aim to provide information that will give an overview of the ERP software, data ownership, additional resources, tech support, and system updates.  

Download our free ERP Whitepaper and learn how you can improve efficiency and make better business decisions with the right ERP software. When you download our free ERP Whitepaper, you can take our free ERP Assessment and gain access to our Microsoft Dynamics GP and CRM demos! 

Click here to download our free ERP Whitepaper!

 Linz Tan, Web Marketing Assistant, WebSan Solutions Inc. a 2014 Ontario Business Achievement Award Winner for Service Excellence

Published in Microsoft Dynamics GP