ERP Projects Can Be Expensive, Here's How To Avoid Costly Mistakes


15 February 2024


Mamie Prestidge


Here are five (ways to overcome) common pitfalls that businesses may encounter during an ERP project.

Establishing Clear Objectives and Goals

A successful ERP project relies on clearly defined goals and objectives for measuring success. Without this foundation, the project may lack direction, leading to delays and cost overruns. Early establishment of objectives not only aligns the project team but also serves as a roadmap for decision-making. Specific Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) enable stakeholders to monitor progress and ensure the ERP system meets intended business outcomes. Defining the scope and purpose beforehand ensures that the project addresses stakeholders' specific needs.

Setting Realistic Expectations from Day One

Realistic expectations are crucial for ERP project success. While it may be tempting to aim for groundbreaking changes, focusing on a few key improvements prevents overextension and missed objectives. Avoid rushing into
implementation without a comprehensive understanding of requirements and potential future phases. Start by aligning
stakeholders with strategic goals, developing a robust business case, and outlining a phased project growth plan.

Managing Scope Creep and Unnecessary Changes

Scope creep poses a significant risk to ERP projects, derailing progress and budgets. Establish specific success and failure criteria, predefined goals, and benchmarks to prevent scope creep. Transparent communication with the ERP partner about additional costs and timeline adjustments is crucial. Expanding the ERP system can always be considered later, but ensuring a solid foundation is essential before adding additional features.

Adhering to the Project Plan

Clear planning and consistent tracking are essential for ERP project success. A detailed plan covering every project
aspect, from initial phases to post-implementation support, helps avoid disorganisation and chaos. Consistent tracking of progress through KPIs identifies potential issues early and ensures the project stays on course. Detailed planning and tracking mitigate risks and provide insights into areas requiring additional support.

Securing Dedicated and Aligned Resources

Commitment from business leaders and allocation of necessary resources are critical for ERP project success. Obtain
buy-in from the senior leadership team and key players to facilitate organizational acceptance of change. Executive
management support, resource allocation, and flexibility are essential. Ensure a dedicated team manager coordinates
efforts and provides regular updates to the executive management and steering team. Insufficient team resources can hamper project success, necessitating external expertise.

Logiq Group, with its extensive experience in ERP implementation spanning over two decades, offers guidance and support to ensure your project's success.

Strategic businesses implement changes to keep pace with future demands. While ERP projects carry risks, maintaining legacy systems poses its own set of challenges. Don't let your ERP project become a costly failure; let it demonstrate your organization's commitment to efficiency and growth.

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