At most companies, operations management would admit that the use of business software, such as ERP (enterprise resource planning), could be improved.
But how - and when? To determine those answers, these questions may be considered:
Without the confidence of a well-crafted ERP software strategy, companies tend to react to problems and let these events ineffectively drive ERP software change.
This exercise, and resultant plan, is designed to improve confidence on whether a company should improve existing ERP or implement new ERP. The following are the comparison factors of the two major options:
The ERP Software Strategy Planning Process
1. Education: Ensure your team understands the following which will improve their ability to participate in all aspects of the ERP strategy planning exercise.
2. Status of your company: Discuss potential major changes in your company size, acquisitions, new products, manufacturing techniques, distribution, international business, and industry trends. This 'forward-looking' discussion is followed by interviews in selected process areas and business units with a focus on current process problems, improvement ideas, and what processes are considered somewhat specific to your company and/or its industry.
3. Current IT software/hardware/infrastructure status: Assess and discuss current or pending obsolescence and/or technical limitations of currently used ERP (software and vendor) and software integrated to ERP as well as ERP related IT hardware, infrastructure, middleware/utility software products/vendors.
4. Develop ERP strategy: Using the findings from previous steps,