Right, so you’ve finally made a decision to go with an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solution that is perfect for your business. After much research, consultation and deliberation you’ve arrived at the next step – ERP Implementation. Saying implementation is the most crucial part of your ERP lifecycle would be an understatement. It can make or break your ERP experience. So naturally, you are curious about it.
There are two important questions that pop up every time implementation is about to begin:
- How long does a typical ERP implementation take?
- What is the process?
The answers to these important questions isn’t simple. You see there is no standardized implementation timeline as it varies from business to business depending on multiple circumstances & scenarios.
For some, it may take as little as 6 months and for others it can take up to 2 years. Of course all of this is dependent on the circumstances, choice of ERP as well as the partner you’ve for implementation. Factors like size of the company, no. of users, system complexity, customizations, add-ons, type – cloud based or on-premises, all come into play.
The most important thing to note is this – Not rushing through the process. For a successful implementation that integrates with your business seamlessly & provides the desired ROI, understanding the process is equally important as the timeframe.
And we are here to give you a clear get you familiarized with the ERP implementation process. It’ll help in determining the “How Long?” for your business and give you a clear understanding of the process.
Here’s a brief description of the ERP implementation process; from the start to end and beyond:
Initial AnalysisYou and your chosen ERP implementation partner start assessing & devising a strategy for implementation. For example, you chose us for SAP Business One implementation. Our team gets in touch with you to understand the unique and specific business requirements, analyse them and come up with a timeframe for your implantation once the initial analysis is complete.
Documentation, Blueprint & Defining RequirementsDocumentation takes places after analysing and finalizing the requirements to avoid any future inaccuracies. The documentation includes processes, approvals, reporting, document printing requirements, etc. A timeframe is then decided and the Blueprint is devised for the development & execution for your business. With the help of the blueprint a plant is defined to make the implementation as cost-effective & practical as possible.
Building, Configuring & TestingDuring the building & configuration stage all hardware and software necessities are taken care of. Customizations, data migration, development of reports etc. all happen in this stage. Once complete, the testing phase commences where the ERP compatibility & functions with your system is double checked and User Acceptance Testing takes is done.
Training & Going LIVEThe users you had assigned at the time of planning and defining are thoroughly trained on the basis of their roles. They’re given a complete run down of the software and how to use it. Once that’s out of the way, your partner initiates the “Go-Live” phase where your business starts using the ERP solution to its full potential.
Support & MaintenanceThe story doesn’t end at Go-Live. Proper Maintenance of the solution is essential to keep it running at its peak. The support and maintenance that your ERP partner provides is as important as all the stages above. Hence, choosing the right ERP partner is quintessential for a successful ERP implementation.Hope this blog has given you a comprehensive insight into ERP implementation, and both the timeframe taken and the process to implement an ERP solution. If you are looking for an ERP solution that is both easy to implement and has a short time frame then consider SAP Business One. It is one of the most user friendly ERP solutions out there that is both easy to implement as well as learn
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