An ERP project should be looked at as a major undertaking for almost any organization. ERP project management is the important thing to a fruitful ERP implementation… An organization must clearly define the ERP implementation “finish line”, or the scope of the ERP.
An ERP software implementation plan should serve as a GPS navigator for the ERP stakeholders. It will construct a clearly marked roadmap for a fruitful ERP implementation. The roadmap should include key milestone checkpoints, in order that project progress could be tracked.
A good ERP system implementation plan must break down the project into phases. Each phase must be discrete, manageable and measurable. Typical phases for an ERP implementation are: Planning, Conference Room Pilot, Conversion and Integration, Training, Parallel Run, Go Live and Stabilization. Milestones and deliverables for every phase must be identified. A landmark could be signing off of a deliverable, a advanced level review meeting, an independent assessment etc.
Next, for every phase of the implementation plan, a listing of activities/tasks must be defined. These activities should further translate into processes that should be followed and/or implemented. Each process should have its objective, resource skill requirements, inputs and outputs clearly articulated.
Returning to the analogy with the GPS navigator, ERP implementation phases, milestones and deliverables automatically provide the standard and control checkpoints what goes into an SD-WAN implementation plan. Not just that, the master plan also articulates the processes which can be being implemented in that phase.
For any project you will find only three critical success factors that want constant attention and monitoring. These factors are resource allocation (personnel and money), time (project schedule) and scope (functionality and deliverables). The ERP implementation plan therefore must set up a budget, a timeline and the scope for the entire project. This serves while the project dashboard. The budget, timeline and scope should then be scaled down seriously to the phase level, establishing the phase dashboard and the phase checkpoint measures.
Each of the defined deliverable must be measured and monitored. At in conclusion of each deliverable, the project team must stop and evaluate whether they’re on target with respect to budget, time and performance. Evaluation should include quickly collating the measures and analyzing them. In case there is deviation a prioritized set of action items should emerge and be implemented rigorously. Immediate feedback and correction reduce ERP implementation failure risks significantly.
It’s advisable that at select project milestones, an independent and objective project assessment be done. An evaluation of the present business strategy, degree of business change considering that the project launch and projected business changes must be factored into these evaluations.