When everyone is moving forward together, success takes care of itself. ~ Henry Ford
We like this quote from Henry Ford. It clearly articulates what we know about success when it comes to ERP selection and implementation.
One of the most challenging issues faced by a manufacturing company is how to effectively organize an ERP project, and use ERP for an effective change management process.
As we’ve noted, manufacturers are wise to focus on 7 steps to effectively organize an ERP project.
A Team Approach
After working with hundreds of manufacturers, we know that an ERP selection project requires the best resources from the organization.
Putting together an effective team is one of the critical steps to a successful project. Why? The team helps with ERP requirements definition. The team is also responsible for assessing ERP vendors and their product offerings.
Choosing the ERP Project Team
First off, the ERP project needs a steering committee, an executive sponsor, a project manager, and a team of the best business users.
The steering committee should be made up of the senior leadership as well as the top executive from each functions of the business that will be affected by the new system.
We suggest givingcareful consideration to the ERP project sponsor. The executive sponsor should be the executive who is going to drive the project. In many successful projects, the sponsor is an executive who has been through an ERP project before. They have practical experience, especially in the area of ERP comparison.
Learn More About Driving Success in Your ERP Selection Project
There are many more considerations when it comes to the ERP selection team. An Ultra White Paper shares additional tips.
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