5 reasons why you need a Discovery Phase before starting an ERP Project
One of the main reasons that ERP projects fail is because there is no clear understanding of what is set to be accomplished, why it is being done and conflicting impressions of what a product can offer.
The main reason for such problems is a poor execution of the Discovery stage or even worse, skipping such a stage altogether.
|The Discovery phase is an opportunity for you to better understand the implications of an ERP implementation, how to better go about it and learn whether you are ready to kick off the project or whether further analysis is required, avoiding delays and additional costs once the implementation stage starts.
|Provides you with Context
|It gives you context for many questions that your ERP Implementation provider will ask, drastically reducing misunderstandings, and unnecessary functionality.
|The Solution that you require
|The objective of the ERP implementation is to support your strategy so it is important that you obtain a clear understanding of whether a specific ERP product can address your requirements. It helps shift the focus from software related deliverables to how the software will help you achieve your objectives.
|The Key Business Processes
|An initial review of the key business processes and your information requirements may suggest that you might require business process reengineering before the ERP implementation. At the end of the day the software is there to support your processes and not the other way round.
|Fit/Gap and Scope/Out of Scope
|The discovery stage will help you decide what areas are within scope, if a particular ERP product can address your requirements and what specific customisations, integrations and/or add-ons might be required. Having a clearer understanding of the product and its features allows you to enter the implementation with less unknowns.
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