10 cloud ERP implementation challenges during COVID-19

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A new cloud ERP system can help your company create digital transformation and find new opportunities. But first, you must address implementation challenges.

Cloud ERP implementation- ERP implementations have always been challenging, and fraught with failures. Now, with the current COVID-19 pandemic and associated recession, these implementations have become even more risky.

As a CIO or IT leader moving forward with a cloud ERP implementation, you need to consider how these new challenges may affect your project. Here’s a list of 10 potential challenges and strategies to overcome them.

1.      Resistance

Stakeholders may not want to move forward with an ERP implementation because of the pandemic. There is a lot of economic uncertainty and COVID-19 worries. And many companies are still adjusting to having a significant remote workforce.

To mitigate this resistance, you need to show how the ERP project will save the company money, position your organization to increase revenues, or both. Highlight all the steps you are taking to mitigate risks to the project. Work with your vendor to get discounts that make the project more affordable in these difficult times. Finally, you will want to share that partially remote implementations is not new, although using an all-remote team is new. Explain that you can mitigate some of that uncertainty, however, by using the tools and strategies of past implementations for today’s reality.

2.      Employees distracted with personal responsibilities

With schools and day cares closed, many employees now have additional responsibilities, such as helping their children with schoolwork and caring for young children. In addition, employees may also be providing elder care to older relatives.

This is a new reality for many employees that is out of their control. It is best to work with your employees to understand their challenges and find options for them that allow the employees to continue contributing to the project. For example, you may allow employees to work at different times of the day, such as starting early in the morning or working in the evenings and on weekends. You can also ask all employees to be available for certain core hours each day so that your employees can schedule their home activities accordingly. Last-minute meetings may not always be possible when employees are caring for young children.

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Article Credit: TechTarget