Implementing ERP systems may seem like a daunting task. According to facts and statistics on ERP Systems by TEC, 50% of ERP implementations fail the first-time round. They also claimed that ERP implementations take, on average, 30% longer than estimated and cost three-to-four times the budget. 

As discouraging as this may sound, these statistics don’t reflect what Acumatica’s customers have experienced. According to Fabuwood Cabinetry, Acumatic’s customer since 2018, they were able to implement their cloud ERP in five months. Their Senior Vice President of Technology says, “Most people told us it would take about nine months to go live from when you start the process. It was amazing. Within five months, we were live. [Acumatica] has a great platform and a great system that helped us go so fast”

Provided is an eight-step plan for cloud ERP implementation success. 

  1. Choose your deployment option: Acumatica customers can deploy either in the cloud (Software-as-a-Service, or SaaS) on premises. 
  2. Assemble your team: Your internal team will consist of both full-time and part-time members during the installation process. 
  3. Define your requirements: The requirements are generally classified as Essential. Desirable, Not an immediate need, and Nice to have.
  4. Develop a project plan: The project plan will keep the project on time and on budget while ensuring the requirements are met. 
  5. Develop a data migration plan: Data migration falls within the project plan, but its critically important that you define and order the tasks involved in preparing and migrating data from your old system(s) to Acumatica. 
  6. Develop a test plan: This plan ensures that the new system meets the requirements. 
  7. Develop a training plan: Training your staff fully ensures adoption and user satisfaction. 
  8. Plan for go-live: Decide which go-live approach you want (Big Bang, Phased Approach, or Parallel Operation or a combination of two or three) and start reaping the benefits of Acumatcia cloud ERP

Although you may feel as though you are finished after you have gone live, there are a few other considerations that we need to discuss. These include third-party and custom applications, continued refinement of your business processes, and planning for your ongoing support needs. 

In the end, cloud implementation success begins with choosing Acumatica. It is a comprehensive business management solution built on a future-proof platform. It provides anytime, anywhere access to your data as well as the core financials, reporting tools, customizable dashboards, drag-and-drop automation (and more) that will help you meet the financial and operational needs of your business. 

Contact us today with any questions and/or to request a demonstration.