Can ERP implementation happen remotely?

It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has flipped the script for almost every industry. Common across many fields, remote work has become the ‘new normal’ for many (and still is). In the ERP (enterprise resource planning) business, remote implemantation and its effectiveness is proving its worth in this climate. Gone are onsite implementations when the new normal is remote setup. However, yet how effective is remote ERP implementation? Sean Fowles of Seidor Africa, a leading SAP Business One Reseller in Africa and a top technology integrator, shares an interesting read on ITWEB Africa of certain prerequisites one must consider before relying on remote ERP implementation.

  1. Analysis. “Successful ERP implementations begin with education. It requires organizations to develop an understanding of their business processes and to map those. This allows the team to define the business entity, who is responsible, to what standard a business process should be completed, and how the success of a business process can be determined.”
  2. Design. “Large ERP projects often have a dedicated meeting room with timelines and status updates displayed. With a remote team, this practice is still extremely useful, but it needs to be done virtually. Interactive whiteboard applications offer real-time collaboration for remote workers, enabling visualisation and promoting engagement between those involved. Similarly, HD video-conferencing units allow for face-to-face connections and create an environment where people are more likely to share innovative ideas.”
  3. Build. “Building in phases requires workflow templates, security templates, mapping templates and comprehensive reports. Collaboration and connection with the team will ensure that all members are properly enabled to complete their tasks. It’s also important to address all the ‘how-to’s’ separately with individual team members.”
  4. Test and deploy. “Consistent testing will help to keep project stakeholders engaged and interested. Plan the testing phases and create test scripts to facilitate the process.”

Should these four requirements be met, Fowler’s believes remote ERP implementation should be successful.


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