Best Practices Fo A New ERP System Implementation

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Implementing A New ERP System Into The Enterprise: Best Practices in Project and Change Management Introduction The most significant costs and risks a company can take are in re-aligning its core business processes and systems to allow for greater responsiveness to market opportunities and threats. Increasingly Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are being used as the unifying platform for all systems throughout an enterprise. As a result, the project, implementation, training and support plans often must be carefully devised and implemented across nontechnical and technical personnel to ensure the overall project's success. ERP systems especially are fulfilling a critical role in the managing of enterprises, taking on the tasks of managing accounting, financial reporting, supply chain management, logistics and ongoing quality management of products, processes and the role of people in adding value to finished goods and services (Ash, Burn, 2003). ERP has become the catalyst of entirely new approaches to using information, including the ongoing development of analytics and business intelligence (BI) applications that are giving executives greater visibility into their operations than ever before (Ash, Burn, 2003). In addition to analytics and BI, companies are aggressively pursuing Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems that give them the ability to more effectively track and evaluate the performance of marketing and selling strategies. CRM systems are

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