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Watch Our Videos For Top ERP Tips

  • Top Tip #1 Adopt And Not Adapt

    Bespoking an ERP system can be problematic. Don't try to replicate exactly what you already have.

  • Top Tip #2 It's a Marathon and Not a Sprint

    ERP Systems can take years to implement. Make sure you are planning to build awareness and knowledge of your new ERP system incrementally from the outset.

  • Top Tip #3 Change From Within

    When implementing a new ERP System change needs to be led from within. When the project finishes the business will have to live with the new system

  • Top Tip #4 Love Your Data

    Don’t underestimate the importance of data. The success of an ERP implementation will rely on data integrity. Bad data in means bad data out.

  • Top Tip #5 A Day In The Life

    You can't just test a new ERP system in isolation and expect the business to operate smoothly on day one. ERP systems drive value through fully integrating - for example purchasing, warehouse, sales, logistics, and finance. So with that in mind, create integrated testing scenarios that stitch together departmental processes.

  • Top Tip #6 Your Super Users Need to Stay Super

    Implementing an ERP System doesn't finish at Go-Live. Having a long-term product management approach that continues to utilise the knowledge and experience of the Super Users is critical to maintaining business engagement, delivering an effective pipeline of future change.

Our insights

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  • How to Plan Effective Communications for an ERP Implementation

  • Why Isn’t My ERP Implementation Going To Plan?

  • Are You Getting the Most From Your ERP solution?

  • Keeping Dreaded Scope Creep At Bay During an ERP Implementation

  • 5 Common Mistakes When Delivering ERP Projects

  • 5 Main Benefits of ERP Implementation

  • Quick tips for a successful ERP implementation

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does my company need an ERP system?

An ERP system is absolutely essential to develop your understanding of company processes. The ability to access company wide data and information through a single system is key to improving efficiency, which will in turn cut costs and increase productivity within your organisation.

Why are so many ERP implementations unsuccessful?

ERP implementations can fail for many reasons. Failing to set up realistic expectations, struggling to embrace change, or failing to align the new ERP systems with existing business processes can all lead to unsuccessful implementation. Other reasons for failure include a lack of commitment from key stakeholders and a lack of competent project managers.

Nine Feet Tall’s team of expert consultants can help you to plan, deliver and merge your ERP system efficiently into your business model, streamlining the process by providing knowledge and experience that keep everything running smoothly.

What are the steps in successful ERP implementation?

1. Discovering the scope of the project
The key first step to implementing an ERP system successfully is understanding the scope of the project at hand. This includes researching and selecting a system, setting up a project team and defining detailed system requirements.

2. Planning the implementation
Planning is integral to the success of your ERP implementation. During this stage, the focus is on the design and development of the project, as well as understanding how best to integrate it into your business.

3. Managing the change
Certain business processes will need to be amended in order to accommodate the new ERP system. Managing the change is essential in order to do this effectively and ensure long-term success; this is where you may consider hiring a change management consultant to help you make the transition as smooth and streamlined as possible.

What ERP system do we need?

You may know that ERP comes in three different tiers. The system you need will depend on the size of your organisation and vision for growth. Tier 1 ERP systems are best suited to complex organisations with large revenue streams, who need a complex system. These systems include Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance and Supply Chain (previously Microsoft Dynamics AX), JD Edwards, SAP, SAP S/4HANA, Orion, and Texada. Tier 2 systems are more appropriate for middle to large sized organisations who want to get the most from their systems. These systems include: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, Acumatica, Info, and NetSuite. Tier 3 ERP systems are for those organisations who require a simpler solution. Many of these systems are primarily used for financials and keeping track of expenses and orders. An example of Tier 3 is QuickBooks. Choosing the right system is tricky as many offer similar functionality. You will need to scope your requirements thoroughly and define the problem you want the ERP to solve before investing. How many users will there be? What are the integration points? Our top tip videos may help or contact us to discuss your requirements in depth.

Nine Feet Tall were a great asset to our team. Their ability to quickly understand what we needed was invaluable.

Helen Sharpless Operations Director, Laing O'Rourke

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