Planning And Implementation Of An Erp Implementation

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The Business
As businesses grow, so do the infrastructure and processes to support their endeavors. A slower growth company, expanding into different geographical regions, each containing different languages, cultural norms and time zones, tend to isolate each regional organization from the other, and often from the advantages of being part of a larger organization (corporation). Differing business processes are created for many reasons; lack of connectivity to a central back office system, no back office systems exist, local management (operational and IT) familiarity with disparate technology platforms, and time zone differentials.
The Solution and strategy
The modern solution to the issues presented above is the planning and implementation of an ERP (enterprise resource planning) system. The goal of ERP implementation must be understood, and a realistic set of expectations must be determined. An ERP implementation may be implemented in phases to reduce the impact to customers, suppliers and staff. The ERP system will allow the organization to share data across the entire enterprise, allowing each individual business unit to become more organized, efficient and responsive to change. Adoption of new processes often meet resistance, as does any change, within an organization. The support and strategy of Senior Management, including substantial financial outlay, must be clear and enduring. Outside consulting firms may be necessary to provide the proper expertise and guidance
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