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September, 2006

In the August Issue of Innovative Thinking, we showed you how to evaluate your ERP system using our ERP Scorecard". The response was GREAT! In this issue, we conclude the 2 part series with our 7 tips, simple but crucial steps to take to get more from your ERP System. For those of you who missed the opportunity to take the ERP Scorecard, we'll be distributing this as a survey with an opportunity to view the overall results.

Don't miss our What's new section. Our blog participation is GROWING! Have fun with this month's WORD SCRAMBLE feature, and join as we speak on the AITP panel on ERP Trials and Tribulations (September 19th).  

7 Simple Steps to Get More from your ERP System, (Part 2 of a 2 part series) By Paul Sita, Ph.D, President, Innovative IT Consulting, LLC. Paul can be reached at 631-549-1685 or psita@innovativeitc.com.

You deserve more from your ERP system. Here's how to get it! In our August issue, we reviewed the common lament heard among ERP users that “our system isn’t really delivering what we expected.” And we provided our ERP scorecard, a simple 20 question survey to find out where you stand.

As a follow up, here are 7 simple steps to getting more value from your ERP system. Try one or more and see what happens!

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7 Simple steps to getting more from your ERP System

  1. Join the software vendors users group. Find out what others in your industry and segment are doing. We’ve seen customers swapping not only approaches and ideas but custom reports and other tools.
  2. Ask your users. When is the last time you got them together for input? Probably right after you went live. Chances are now that they have been working with the system for a while, they have ideas and suggestions for improvements.
  3. Extend the use of the system. ERP systems are by their nature broad in scope. If you didn’t implement certain functions so that you could get live, now is the time to identify and tackle that next function. Common areas include warehouse automation, bar code scanning, CRM, etc.
  4. Open up your ERP system to your supply chain. This is another area of great potential value. Opening up the system to your supply chain not only pushes work outside your organization to the source, but has the added value of starting a dialogue with your partners that typically results in reduced cost and streamlined business processes and potentially increased quality levels.
  5. Retire a standalone system. ERP value comes from leveraging the system in all aspects of your business. Find one of those standalone applications, Access Databases, and develop a plan to eliminate it.
  6. Set a goal of speeding up your monthly closing process. Sometimes the mandate to speed up the monthly closing process drives an ERP project. Looking at this process frequently reveals simple ideas that speed up month-end billing and results in improved cash flow.
  7. Reduce paperwork. Look at the department with the largest volume of paperwork. Paperwork reduction and process efficiency go hand in hand. Both efforts should be focused around your ERP system. Reduce the paperwork and you will reduce unnecessary steps and costs.

E is for Enterprise.

Don’t forget the key word of ERP is the “E” for enterprise. To get maximum value out of your ERP system it should be touching all points and aspects of your business. This takes time and patience. Use these 7 tips and see your return on ERP grow!

Next month we start a new series aimed at The Ins and Outs, Dos and Don’ts of Software Selection.

Tip of the Month

How to “Use” a User’s Group Meeting.
By John Pellegrino, Principal, Innovative IT Consulting, LLC. John can be reached at 631-549-1685 or jpellegrino@innovativeitc.com.

Our main article this month lists joining the software vendor’s user group as a simple step to get more value from your ERP system. All of these groups have some sort of regional and/or national meeting or conference. Whether these are multiple day events or 2-hour breakfast meetings you can get many benefits by doing the following:

  • Go to the social events included. This is where you get to meet a lot of people and interact with them in a more relaxed atmosphere. And, even though you’re “working” there’s no reason not to have some fun.
  • If you’re accompanied by another person in your organization make sure you split up. Go to different breakout sessions, have lunch at different tables, and mingle with different people. You’ll get more information and meet more contacts.
  • Shut off the cell phone. Put your focus on the meeting. There will be break times to check messages and handle “emergencies”.
  • Bring a lot of business cards. And, hand them all out. You want to be known as someone that is approachable after the conference, too.
  • Collect a lot of business cards from other attendees. When you have an issue with your ERP software they are a great resource to help with a resolution.
  • Stay in touch with other members after the meeting. In this way you’ll keep abreast of new things happening with the software and/or the vendor.

What's new?. Blog update.

More and more of you are reading our blogs (see links below) Don't be shy about commenting and adding your opinions. If you have ideas for topics, or suggestions, just comment and/or send us an email. Don't forget to sign up and get updates delivered right to your in box.

Innovative ERP Strategies (www.innovativeitc.typepad.com) and The Adonix X3 Community

Adonix Survey.Innovative has just completed our Adonix X3 ERP users survey. Click here for the results

Paul Sita will be speaking at the AITP panel on "ERP trials and tribulations" on Tuesday September 19th at the Milleridge Inn. Join us for lunch and to hear this lively panel discussion.

Word Scramble time.
“The universe of business partners interacting with your enterprise.” (2 words)
_ _ _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _ _   HLYPUSPCNIA
Answer to last month's word scramble.

“A stage of the system implementation lifecycle focused on realizing additional business benefits”. (OPTIMIZATION)


A Look Ahead To Next Month

In October, we'll be starting a new series, the The ins and outs, dos and don'ts of software selection.  

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