- Multi-site enterprise resource planning (ERP) implementations never evolve naturally and require careful planning of how to integrate the disparate processes to maximize the investment.
- Melding separate sites that have evolved processes independently into one efficient, highly repeatable process is difficult.
- How do you ensure that the ERP and data generated from it can be used by the enterprise over a long period?
- Start by developing and implementing a strategy to harmonize data labels and perform data quality checks.
- Understand and acknowledge that each site has unique business processes that must be maintained.
- Future-proof your data by assigning metadata to it automatically based on the business processes.
Impact and Result
- Define the core global needs (process efficiency or data integration) and appropriately limit the global ERP to that need.
- Build a global brand management team to focus on the enterprise-wide team. Support this effort with site-specific advocates to bring issues to the brand management team.
- ERP systems are never fully deployed, so be prepared for continual tweaking and re-alignment of processes and data use through the use of metadata.
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