No food, chemical, nutraceutical or pharmaceutical manufacturer wants their software implementation to extend past the agreed upon expected go live date. But it can happen, and it often happens when our professional services team encounter these three situations during our customers’ project implementations: Read More
Prospects typically ask me how long I estimate their implementations to be. I discuss the importance of a dedicated project manager on their side, making key staff members readily available to our consultants, and other resource related recommendations to ensure that project milestone dates are met. Eventually I bring up the touchy topic of data conversion and migration.
BatchMaster Software is happy to announce the successful go live of Florida Nutrition. The project consultants brought BatchMaster ERP for Nutraceuticals system live remotely on time and budget, without any issues. BatchMaster ERP is an end to end ERP solution, based upon the SAP Business One platform, that supports financials, sales, purchasing, supply chain and customer service, in addition to nutraceutical manufacturing. Read More
Software Advice released their eBook “How to Avoid ERP Implementation Failures” giving practical input and summarizing with ‘Best Practices’. Best Practice #4 is ‘Know what you need and know what you’re buying’. We all know how important it is to do your homework when making a significant investment for your organization. And there are resources available to us making this easier than ever. When doing your homework for an ERP investment, researching online is only the start. Let’s see what Software Advice has to say on this topic. Read More
There’s No ‘IT’ in Team, but There Should Be
Software Advice released their eBook “How to Avoid ERP Implementation Failures” giving practical input and summarizing with ‘Best Practices’. Best Practice #3 deals with Engaging & Involving the IT Team.
Burnson: Assuming the organization has an in-house IT team that doesn’t just do help desk but also manages company-wide projects, decision makers MUST engage and involve the IT Team during the selection and implementation phases. Most importantly—you have to bring them to the table before embarking on a massive IT project. Get their buy-in with the decision. Read More
Don’t Rush It
Recently, Software Advice released their eBook “How to Avoid ERP Implementation Failures” giving practical input and summarizing with ‘Best Practices’. Best Practice #2 – Don’t Rush It is discussed below with insight from SA’s Forrest Burnson and BatchMaster’s Christy Hudson.
Burnson: Depending on the size of the manufacturer, it can take anywhere from six months to several years to fully implement a new system. Along the way, one of the biggest points is that you have to have some degree of flexibility of the length of implementation time. It’s better to take more time with an implementation and get it right than to rush an implementation and wind up back where you started. Also as quoted from the eBook by a contributor: “Trust your implementation teams when they give you a time frame. You are paying for their expertise, so believe them. Trying to force a project to deliver within an unrealistic time frame is a recipe for disaster.” Read More
Assign a Customer Project Manager
Recently, Software Advice released their eBook “How to Avoid ERP Implementation Failures” giving practical input and summarizing with ‘Best Practices’. Focusing on the four ‘Best Practices’ listed in the eBook and working with market researcher, Forrest Burnson, and the BatchMaster Implementation team, I’ll discuss a “how to execute” strategy for these best practices.
Best Practice #1 – Practice proper Change Management – Assign a Customer Project Manager Read More