We live in an ever-changing world when the level of complexity is overwhelming and you might feel that not only you are falling behind with new technologies and business applications, network security features and tools to monitor performance but also every day passed you realize that your current legacy systems setup is causing a major disruptions for the company 'environment as they all are developed based on outdated technologies and use multiple user interfaces or multiple security frameworks.
The TOP 3 WHYs laid down below came up after the direct marketing campaign when IT managers mainly in SMB sector have been approached with the offering of ERP software. In majority of cases CIO commented that as “it is not right time”. The justification was the current economic situation worldwide when business slowdowns and very little business opportunities are coming up with expectation that it will go worse.
As response to that, there are number of reasons why the company should start considering IT related issues, revise where the company stands in terms of current system setup and kick off the ERP evaluation process. It will surely turn around the perception about IT support for the business, yet it will not calm people into believing they will see the rewards of their efforts overnight. Definitely the evaluation process will educate the employees that in order to secure the success of your ERP implementation the project will require appropriate methodology and specific resources, it will take time and plus the enterprise wont see positive results until a few months to a year after going live with new system.
Here are the TOP 3 WHYs it is the right time to do it now:
• Do something. Break it into steps.
It is coming from life wisdom when we have to do at least something that will take us out of the stagnant situation and push forward. Every business owner has a dream to develop a prosperous business and nowadays its system support is a major part of the success. So break it up into steps with goals and get going, be prepared to zig and zag your way starting from evaluation towards perfect system support, fully automated, and based on the proven and reliable industry best practices.
• It will create productive atmosphere.
Since it is going to be all about ERP, the concept of which is an integration across the business, it will inevitably boost the collaboration among the different departments and people from different functional and organizational levels. It will bring the opportunity for people to start talking about “how we can solve it” rather than “what to do, the situation went from bad to worse”. Can you see the difference? A big one. People will shift from telling stories about the reasons why it's out of their control to say “yes, we can do it!”.
• Educate yourself.
This is specifically for the management and owners of the company. It is time to check out the IT market. What are new trends? Who is a market leader? Is there anything new in business intelligence for executives? What are the cloud services? Are they suitable for you? Call the vendors, ask these questions and you will be glad you did.
It is not easy to even select an appropriate starting point for your ERP implementation however any initial step will do the job as it will definitely contribute into developing the strategy which will give your company the means to meet the business's increasing demands while securing its large investment into the systems.