The hype generated by SAP software in the market is loud enough to make businesses desire the technology for their benefits. Studies however show that not so many companies have been successful with the implementations of SAP ERP into their systems, in fact 50% of the businesses that try either fail or take a while before the results can manifest for them and many at times it may be due to poor SAP consulting. This however does not mean the software or the technology is inefficient but rather businesses make a few avoidable mistakes that later cost them a lot of money to correct. Here are a few of the common blunders you might make during SAP implementation that jeopardize chances for its success.
Prioritizing technology instead of process driven
Upon purchase and installation, the use of SAP ERP should be okay with most systems but remember no two businesses have the same uniform needs. At some point, you need to customize the software to suit your business operations and practices to improve efficiency. You need to be able to develop effective processes that can help compliment the newly installed technology. The only way to success is if the business is actually able to design the processes needed by the SAP software to improve its impact in the business.
Ignoring best practices
There is a great need for your business to follow the best practices guide for both solution implementations and their process definitions. Doing this will not always be easy especially for new and establishing businesses. Ignorance can however interfere with the success of your new technology system. Choose an integrator that experience in the market to assist you with several factors you may be stuck at. They will not just help you with successful implementation but also design effective processes for you that fit your business model and needs.
Low transparency for users
By far this can count as one of the biggest challenges that SAP implementation faces from one organization to the next. The integrator you hire will have shallow understanding of planning and consolidation of various aspects of the business and their team of consultants may not always be head on. Once the consultants take the driver’s seat in the implementation, transparency is the only way to give better results. The business users must give the requirements to the team to allow for an improved implementation process knowing that these consultants are well versed with the solution but the mismatch for business requirements and the ultimate technical designs used to configure the solution.