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Nov 06, 2017Consulting & Deployment

ERP Implementation Best Practices for Medium Enterprises

ERP Implementation Best Practices for Medium Enterprises

When it comes to deciding on a new system for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), no organization—regardless of size—wants to gamble. Medium enterprises in particular want to take as few risks as possible when looking for a new solution. That’s why it’s important to know what to consider in the decision making and project planning process. Asking the right questions and collecting answers will equip your leaders with the information they need to make a truly informed choice. Every organization will have a different set of questions, but some might include:

1. Is this solution low risk?

A whole variety of other questions can be summed up in just this one, often because so many organizations have lived for years with dated legacy systems weighed down by integrations. Filled with errors and unable to provide them with a single system for finance and HR, these old ERP software “solutions” don’t provide the real-time data visibility your organization really needs for accurate, strategic decision-making. You almost feel like crossing your fingers every time you use it. Cloud-based SaaS solutions like Workday Launch utilize a pre-configured tenant, packaged scope, fixed-fee project pricing and predictable project timelines to provide medium enterprises with a low risk solution that brings different business processes together under one roof. As a result, employees have greater visibility, and the ability to create custom reports, empowering them to make more accurate and strategic decisions.

2. Is this solution flexible?

Every organization wants to grow, but small and medium enterprises are more likely to experience quick, dramatic growth than larger organizations. You want a solution that is scalable and flexible enough to grow with you, not one you’ll have to replace years later when your workforce is double what it is now. Before making your final choice, ask if the ERP you’re considering will be flexible enough to grow with you.

3. Is this solution built with the future in mind?

One of the chief problems with legacy ERP systems is that they’re not updated frequently enough. A solution built with the future in mind is one that is updated regularly to account for customer suggestions, to improve its user interface, and to account for changing federal regulations, all to ensure that users are always running the most compliant and user-friendly solution available.

Set Yourself Up for Success – Why a Deployment Partner Is Your Best Bet

If you choose a SaaS solution like Workday Launch, a deployment partner can help you navigate through what comes next so you get it right the first time. To determine an implementation partner’s experience and expertise, you’ll want to look at how many deployments they’ve completed, and how many Workday-certified employees they have. You’ll also want find to find out where they stand in your chosen ecosystem. Are they a leader or a follower? Are they committed to innovating? And finally, are they driven by a set of values that is constantly challenging them to provide a superior customer experience?

Is my deployment partner equipped to do more than just deployments?

You don’t have to receive ongoing service and support from the same organization that deployed you, but isn’t it better when the same people that helped you get off the ground are there to help you stay airborne? After all, a successful ERP implementation is just the beginning. A partner with an augmented approach to deployment offers pre- and post-deployment services to help their customers before, during and after their deployment.

Knowing the answers to these questions, and others, can help medium enterprises choose the solution that’s ultimately right for them. Download our whitepaper to learn more about what your Workday service partner needs to have to deliver a successful implementation.