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We’re not going to dance around it: buying a new ERP solution for your manufacturing business is a big deal.
It’s a long, involved process. It requires buy-in from a diverse group of stakeholders. It involves a major investment (both in time and money). And you’ll have to live with the results for perhaps a decade or more.
That’s why we didn’t title this article, “3 Easy Steps…”
Your ERP selection process won’t be easy. But if you follow these best practices, it can be straightforward—and more importantly, successful.
1. Set goals and desired outcomes
This is an obvious first step, but it bears mentioning. Before you launch your project, have a clear sense of purpose. Remember that most companies keep their ERP systems for 10 years or more.
Also, be sure to:
2. Develop a business case
Every major technology project requires a business case. An ERP implementation is no exception. To get executive buy-in for your project, you’ll need to:
3. Determine Who, What, Where, When, Why
Got the green light from your executive team? Great! It’s time to assemble your project team. Your team should include stakeholders from all the departments that will actually use the new platform.
At this exciting stage of the project, you’ll also need to:
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These are just three steps in the process of purchasing a new ERP system for your manufacturing business—and we’ve only given you a high-level outline of each step.
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