Nine Ways to Boost the ROI of Your ERP System
ROI simply stated is the arithmetic quotient of the benefit you expect to receive from a project divided by the investment in the project
The benefit is the numerator and the investment is the denominator. To improve the ROI quotient, find ways to increase the numerator and/or decrease the denominator. These are the ways that an organization implementing and maintaining an ERP system can boost the ROI on their ERP investment:
Decide exactly what you want the system to do and document it. If you can’t identify and quantify real benefits, stop right now and invest somewhere else. Be committed to this. Do the work. Do not start by cutting and pasting bits and pieces from RFP’s you find on the Web. Benefits ↑ Investment ↓
Commit to a thoughtfully designed implementation plan utilizing system experts
Make sure you give everyone on the team enough time to execute their parts. This will increase your investment but increase the benefits as well; far greater than 1/1. Benefits ↑ Investment↑
Be actively involved in the implementation project
Do some of the heavy lifting. This greatly increases your knowledge of the new system, reduces implementation costs, and strengthens your commitment to the project’s success. As system implementers, we really like to see this. Users that know the system get much more benefit out of it. Benefits ↑ Investment ↓
Implement the new ERP system in phases
Don’t jump all at once from QuickBooks into a fully integrated manufacturing system with demand planning and MRP. Investment ↓
License the ERP system on a subscription basis and host it in the cloud
This avoids much of the typical upfront costs of a new system. Investment ↓
Invest and reinvest in user training
An ERP system is a business tool used by humans. If the humans don’t know how to use the tool, there will be no benefit. Benefits ↑ Investment ↑
Extend the ERP functionality and information into other parts of your business, and to other users
Revisit the original project analysis to make sure you are receiving the benefits you had anticipated. Benefits ↑
Keep you system up to date with new version upgrades
This reduces downtime due to system errors and lets your employees be more productive. Benefits ↑
Expand the functionality of your system in ways that continue to provide benefits that exceed the related investment
The quotient for each added bit of functionality must be greater than 1/1. Benefits ↑ Investment ↑
An ERP system has no intrinsic value
It is a business tool. It is designed to provide benefits. Investing in an ERP system is just one of many investments you can make. Do your homework, make a decision, and commit to it.
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