Inovus Intelligence - Insights on IT Alignment                                     October 2014

Making Your ERP Strategy Work

In considering ERP implementation, an organization must assess a wide range of factors, all of which demand that the organization understand its own goals, capabilities and capacity with respect both to technology and human resources. With this knowledge, often acquired with the aid of an objective partner, the organization can determine the role it can and should play in ERP implementation.

Solution Architecting - Through solution architecting early on, the organization can create the over-arching integration strategy that defines the project and, in turn, provide aid to developing the project charter that defines the goals, objectives and outcomes of the overall initiative.

Business Process Analysis - In combination with a business process analysis that identifies the nature and degree of change required, these foundational steps play a critical role in the ultimate success of an ERP implementation. Through effective partnering, these initial steps are guided by industry-specific expertise not only in project management, but also in project coordination, quality management and enterprise architecture.

Platform Ownership Strategy - The technological maturity of the organization, the core competencies of its IT personnel, the historic role played by the IT department, particularly as a support provider, and any budgetary or staffing constraints all factor into the platform ownership strategy. Whether the system delivery model depends on SaaS or client server, or is hosted in a private cloud or on premises, and is internally supported or run via remote managed services, the ERP platform and ownership strategy selected should align with the resources the organization is willing and able to invest. The system delivery model may also depend on overall cost, including implementation, maintenance and future development. The platform deployed should match up well with existing technology infrastructure and the design assumptions of the project.

Organizational Change Readiness Assessment - Honest and comprehensive self-evaluation, including an organizational change readiness assessment, gives organizations the information they need to implement the best ERP strategy for their situation and maximizes the efficiency that platform brings to business processes across the organization.

Inovus News

  • Announcing new members of the Inovus leadership team: Chairesia Chatham has been named Vice President of Client Services and Operations and Leslie Davis Niemoeller has been promoted to Vice President of Sales and Marketing. 
  • Inovus Technology Solutions has received MBE Certification with the North Central Minority Supplier Development Council.