How Can You Prepare for Your First Cloud ERP Deployment?

After a lengthy decision-making process, you’ve chosen a cloud ERP solution. Now, you have to make sure that your company is ready for this technology.

An ERP solution is deeply embedded in many business processes, and ensuring that the deployment goes smoothly and successfully is crucial. Read on to learn what steps to take to make sure you get the most out of your cloud ERP solution.

What’s Your Infrastructure Look Like?

Before the deployment launch, you need to examine whether your infrastructure is up to the task of supporting a cloud deployment. Remember, your deployment will only be as successful as your infrastructure allows.

It’s also crucial to keep in mind that what the salesperson wants and what your business needs are two distinct things, and your business needs are the first priority. Don’t get pressured into investing in the wrong infrastructure – do what’s right for you.

Assess Your Business Processes

Implementing a cloud ERP solution is the perfect opportunity to assess all of your business processes. The goal of a cloud ERP solution is to make your processes more efficient. However, if your processes are largely manual or otherwise very inefficient, you won’t reap the full benefits of this software.

Once you’ve figured out what processes you’re using (and how efficient they are), you can begin to either alter or discard them so that you can be more efficient and the ERP deployment will go more smoothly.

Clean up Your Data

This is also the right time to clean up your data. You might have duplicate or obsolete records that don’t need to migrate to a cloud ERP solution.

The goal of this process is to ensure that all the data records are stable and ready to move to the cloud. It might sound like a painstaking and irritating process, but it’s well worth it.

Check Your Security

Barely a month goes by without some story of a data breach in the news. Implementing a cloud ERP solution is a perfect reason to analyze your security and figure out where the gaps are.

There will most likely be security policy or process mismatches between your legacy ERP system and the cloud solution to which you’re migrating. Legacy ERP systems tend to have built-in security processes and policies which don’t work with cloud ERP solutions, so keep that in mind.

Don’t Forget about Your Employees

Your employees have gotten used to your legacy ERP system. It’s going to be a learning curve for them to use something new, even if they’re ready for it.

Provide ongoing training and support so they’ll understand how to use it and why this new solution is much more advantageous than its predecessor. Obtaining employee buy-in is crucial; if employees don’t understand how something will benefit them, they won’t use it. That results in a wasted investment. Don’t be afraid to use your implementation partner – their job shouldn’t end the moment the implementation does. They should also provide training and support for a successful deployment.

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