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For many organizations and businesses implementing an ERP can be a huge venture. Most of them end up helping your business by improving your productivity, streamlining your workflows and processes, helping you decrease costs and maximizing your ROI. However, a very few companies face challenges when trying to get all the pieces of an ERP to work together in harmony.

How many times have you heard horror stories about ERP implementation projects that overran their budgets or took longer than expected? An error-prone ERP implementation can be disastrous and prevent you from gaining the most from the use of your ERP. To help prevent that from happening, here is a list of 8 most common ERP mistakes and how you can avoid them.

1.Failure to plan and define requirements:

Without proper planning, anything is bound to fail. When you jump head first without proper planning and analyzing of what your requirements are, you are bound to hit rock bottom. Underestimating the time and resources required to implement an ERP usually can put you in the spot.It is essential to have an internal audit of processes where the new ERP software can fit best. It is also recommended and ideal that you place it in the safe hands of a good ERP implementation partner like Emerging Alliance, with the much needed expertise to provide proven design and deployment measures for your new ERP to avoid further hiccups down the road.

2.Unrealistic expectations and demands:

It cannot be any clearer. It is what it says it is. An ERP comes with what all it is capable of doing. Choosing to invest in an ERP and expecting it to do every single move like an AI Humanoid and failing to realize the extent of it capabilities is definitely going to land you in some hot waters. The usability of your chosen ERP solution needs to be assessed with active load testing to confirm its effectiveness in real-world scenarios. You can avoid this mistake either by setting up a test run.

3.Not taking advantage of all program features:

We all use gadgets in our day to day lives and use the same two features over and over again, while never even tying to figure out what the others features are. It is all such wasted potential. You never know what you’re missing on until you try it all out. The solution would be to try all features, experiment and see what works best for you.
4. Skipping compliance:
Your new ERP solution must be in adherence with the latest industrial laws and regulations. Skipping compliance measures can land you in huge trouble with the government or other regulatory bodies. Using a robust ERP like SAP Business One can help you with this, as they come with built-in features to help with compliance.

5.Lack of leadership and team engagement:

Implementing a new ERP solution in your business will drastically change the way most of  the users and all your employees operate, It takes both hands to clap and make a sound. One being out of loop from the other is going to cause a huge rift. It is essential that we all work together in harmony. A collaborative environment should be encouraged, one that helps your team to adapt swiftly and work together.

6.Not providing employees with a formal training:

Most businesses make the biggest blunder of assuming that their employees will simply adjust and adapt to the new ERP solution. However, these software solutions provide a whole lot and can be a tad bit complex to use out of the blue. Some basic training along with live demonstrations can help  your employees get accustomed to the various features of the new software.

7. Not choosing the right ERP:
It might sound like a no brainer but it is important to start this all by investing in a good ERP solution. Compromising for various reasons and settling for a mediocre ERP is going to provide mediocre results. Instead choosing to invest in an ERP like SAP Business One can completely change your business game.
8. Neglecting to create a maintenance strategy:
After implementing an ERP, the next obvious step would be to maintain and improve the solution. Preventive maintenance measures helps you get the most out of the system.
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