ERP Implementations Failure And How To Prevent It?

By: Auscause Barrymore


Companies can prevent ERP implementations failure if they are able to find the root cause of failure. It does not matter that which type of organization or industry is implementing enterprise resource planning software, because failure of implementation can happen to anyone. Enterprise resource planning software is a unique approach that can make your organizationís efficiency wondrous. It integrates all the different systems and automates daily activities of the organization. It uses a streamline approach to improve companyís efficiency. To get the best out of enterprise resource planning software, implementing company has to give their finest efforts in entire process of implementation. ERP implementations failure happens when system is not streamline correctly. The causes for failure of enterprise resource planning are several.

Some software structure might not match according to the needs of your organization, or hardware used for implementation is not suitable, anything can cause trouble. But, user rejection is one of the many causes for ERP implementations failure that can create blunders.

It is a commonly known fact that training is the key for successful implementation of any software, whether its enterprise resource planning, or some other software. Knowing about the symptoms of insufficient planning, and poor training delivery are two first steps to diagnose the greater problem. It is business ownerís responsibility to ensure that training is not the weak link. Letís know about the enterprise resource ineffective planning training methods that can help to prevent ERP implementations failure.

1. Any vendor would include training as a part of original proposal. The elements of training are often line listed matching to each phase of implementation plan. This might also include customizing training plan which would match both internal as well as external resources. And, business owners should ask the vendor, before signing the contract, to provide allocated budget and resource details. Business owners should also know about the timeline as to which teams will be trained, and ask for end-user training schedule.

2. Vendors often start with template, which seems to be a great plan. But, it is not a plan in itself. When an implementation is six months to pilot, and templates are still empty shells, business owners often scramble to complete templates in time for end-users training. Lesser time provided for training, it would reflect in the less accurate real-processes and procedures. This means training has failed completely. So, provide sufficient time to complete the training process.

3. Information overload is another hindrance that can cause ERP implementations failure. The seven hour training can only provide a good intro, rest of the five hours are boring for the resources, until they hit that twenty minutes which are relevant and valuable for their specific requirements. It is unproductive to allocate resources for seven hours training when only twenty or thirty minutes are of value. Resources would also have to determine that portion of training which is valuable. Every resource does not need to understand all the data. And, wasting every end-userís time in grasping unwanted information is really a bad idea, which lead to ERP implementations failure and every business owner may should plan ahead to prevent such loss of time and money.

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