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ERP software implementations are far more involved than installing software like QuickBooks or consumer software like Microsoft Office. You would be amazed at how many business owners believe it realistic to have a new ERP software in place in just a week or two. The robust functionality of a true ERP software requires a proper implementation (planning, installation, configuration, data migration and employee training) that will take at least several weeks if not months in total. This initial planning, installation, and training is what we refer to as “Phase 1” ERP software implementation. Unfortunately, many businesses never see past Phase 1 – but they should.
Phase 2 ERP software implementation is the notion of improving upon the bare essentials and fully utilizing the functionality available in the system you have selected. Phase 1 focuses on getting the software up and running and on the essentials required to run your business on the software. However, the most important, but more complex, features are often left to a future date when employees are more comfortable with the software. This is a recommended strategy, but unfortunately these next steps are often forgotten, leaving some of the most powerful features out of employee reach. Chances are you selected your software because of several powerful time-saving features – make sure you get everything you are paying for!