Written by Debbie Karcher
The replacement of a legacy system can result in great excitement and energy in an organization. People enter these projects with intentions of moving the organization forward, saving time and money by becoming more efficient thereby making them more competitive. Not too long after the project is started, organizations will begin to experience problems not considered, or more likely ignored, when implementing ERP systems. Most of these problems have occurred before in other organizations which is the reason, they are called are unforced errors. Unforced errors are only prevented by knowing the cause and making the corrections needed to avoid them. Organizations have been implementing ERP systems long enough to identify common pitfalls and should use best practices to avoid failure. Below are some of the unforced errors that I have personally experienced and the methods used to avoid or mitigate their damage.
ERP implementations have not become any easier to implement and there are always new challenges. Today’s ERP systems are cloud-based, offloading some of the on-premises activities such as hardware, backups and updates to the vendor. However, there are new considerations such as security, data privacy, support limits, data location and loss of control. Worldgate, a technology consulting firm, that specializes in K12 ERP implementations, can help school districts navigate these complex projects while allowing districts to focus on their core technology; student achievement.