Here’s where it pays to be strategic, and for manufacturers to focus on 7 steps to effectively organize an ERP project.
It Starts with the Team
When it comes to ERP selection and implementation, an effective result depends upon an effective team.
Over the years, we’ve found 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 everything from requirements definition to contract negotiations.
Choosing the 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 giving careful 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.
An Empowered Teem is an Effective Team
Once the project team is assembled from each of the functions impacted by the new system, they should have a clear directive.
Team members should be empowered to recommend the right system for the company since it is the team that guides the rest of the organization to use the new system to improve the business. The team is usually made up of 5 to 10 members representing:
• Sales & Marketing
• Customer Service/Technical Service
• Supply Chain
• Plant Maintenance
The structure of the team can be more complex if there are multiple locations involved. Bring into the project the key users and managers at different points of the project to add subject matter expertise as needed.
There are additional considerations when it comes to the ERP selection team.
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By Jeff Carr, Principal