Controlling ERP Implementation Complexity
A key contributor to ERP implementation difficulties is poor management of project details. There are literally thousands of details that should be identified and managed in a typical ERP implementation.
These details begin with information that can affect future-state business process design-such as insight contained in hundreds of the ERP buyer's existing process support tools and procedures, improvement ideas held by employees, best practices, and more.
Then as the implementation project proceeds there is a rush of general activities, project-specific actions and issues-all that require timely attention of many project participants. All of this must be carefully managed as decisions are made on how to adapt to the new ERP, what data should be migrated, and potential enhancements to functionality and metrics.
Having all of this be done well makes a massive difference in protecting project momentum, controlling costs, and improving results. However what is described here is rarely done well.
In response to this ubiquitous problem, Engleman Associates has developed a cloud application that models and manages all these project details described above. It is called the ERP Implementation Control Framework (ICF).
Follow this link to view a video about this application and story behind why it was built.
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