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Build an ERP Selection & Implementation Strategy

The real cost of ERP failure is your career.

  • IT leaders and senior executives often have tremendous fear of ERP. There’s a good reason.
  • ERP selection is a laborious process with many different stage gates.
  • Different enterprises need to put particular focus on different aspects of the selection process depending on industry, business case, and the selected solution provider.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

Following a process for ERP selection is important but not sufficient. IT leaders must focus specifically on the key challenges that they can expect to face and develop a strategy for overcoming them. Each individual enterprise has unique challenges. But they will certainly include:

  • Preparing end users for change.
  • Transitioning the project to operation.
  • Documenting business processes.
  • Effectively engaging sponsors.
  • Managing implementation partners.

Impact and Result

  • Prepare for the ERP selection and implementation cycle by using Info-Tech’s step-by-step methodology including tools, templates, and other resources.
  • Anticipate the key challenges the project will face based on factors such as the size of the enterprise, industry, and ERP experience.
  • Formulate strategies to mitigate the impact of these key challenges and to monitor them throughout the project.

Build an ERP Selection & Implementation Strategy Research & Tools

1. Formulate a strategy

Anticipate key challenges in ERP selection and implementation.

2. Create a project plan

Ensure successful project completion.

3. Initiate the project

Get relevant business units involved.

4. Engage business unit managers

Elicit detailed requirements.

5. Keep SMEs engaged

Validate requirements.

6. Assess ERP readiness

Ensure that the enterprise can support ERP.

7. Collect relevant information

Facilitate RFP and vendor demo script preparation.

8. Talk to ERP solution providers

Avoid early project delays.

9. Track tasks

Ensure timely project completion.

10. Transition smoothly to operation

Avoid the most common project challenges.

11. Create documentation

Ensure IT support.

12. Get the right ERP project sponsor

Get the project done.

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George Goodall


Over 40 enterprises contributed, and more than 20 IT leaders have provided insights. The contributors will remain anonymous due to security and competitive concerns.

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