Once ERP software is selected and approved by management, you have the team together to implement and enterprise resource planning system. Usually ERP implementation is a complex, expensive, time-consuming process and it requires full attention of project manager, team members, and users. Some general mistakes can turn a great idea into a failure. Ultimately the best way to ensure that your erp implementation runs as efficiently as possible is to do all of your groundwork in advance.
Implementation obstacles are lack of top management involvement in project, no project management, lack of training, unwilling to adopt change, and selecting the wrong vendor or software. To cope with these obstacles top management should realize the need of their involvement and proper project planning. Usually top management does not realize their fault in failure. In most of the organization top management involvement is up to introduction level only.
Implementation of ERP system requires management to make sure that the direction is embraced on all levels; employees need to understand that the new system is going to assist them do their jobs quickly and better. Top management has to support the project team by making sure it has the resources, and financial to complete the project.
Choosing inappropriate group for implementation causes project failures. So choose the right persons in the implementation group. Team members must come as representatives from all relevant departments and make sure that the ERP software selection and implementation process works for everyone. The team must be held answerable by top management for the progress of the implementation.
Insufficient training to user is very big obstacle because ultimately the user will use the system and make all the entries. Improper training will create dilemma, "how to do?", "what to do?" etc. Make sure proper training module wise to all respective users. New system will require some changes and people resist change. Successfully implementing an ERP requires that employees let go of the practice they have developed over the years and let the new system take them where they need to go.
Wrong software or vendor will surely end the project failure. Select an experienced vendor who has implemented ERP system in similar type of industry and similar business size. Select branded software that does what you require it to do and can manage increasing business turnover as your business grows.