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We get asked this question almost daily.  Companies always want to know exactly how long it will take to implement a new ERP.  The answer?  It depends.  The length of time it takes to implement a new ERP system is dependent upon numerous factors.  They are:

  1. The ERP chosen. There are hundreds of ERP systems on the market and more added almost daily.  There is truly an ERP out there for almost any organization.  Obviously, some are more complex than others.  The complexity of the ERP chosen can affect the length of time it takes to implement.
  2. Modules implemented. Most ERP’s offer a good variety of modules.  It is rare that an organization would choose to implement every module but most need at least a few.  The number of modules chosen will impact the implementation timeline.
  3. Customization: Almost any ERP will require some customization.  This type of customization does not mean rewriting the core program but, rather, making some allowable changes to suit your organization’s needs.  The amount of customization will affect the length of implementation.
  4. Some organizations have one location.  Those with one location will likely take less time than those with several locations.  The number of locations that need to access the ERP will affect the length of time for the implementation.
  5. On Premise or Cloud Based? Some organizations still prefer to have their ERP onsite (or “on premises”).  On premise systems require upgrading or changing hardware.  If a cloud based ERP is chosen, it eliminates the need to change hardware in most cases.
  6. Data migration. Some organizations chose to archive all previous data and start fresh with the new ERP.  However, most elect to bring over at least a year’s worth of data so they can have comparisons within their new ERP.  The amount of data being migrated will have a definite impact on the implementation timeline. 

  7. Let’s face it…you are busy and so is your staff.  It can be hard to dedicate staff to a new ERP implementation.  Often consulting firms, such as Phoenix Group, can do a lot of the heavy lifting for you and make it as painless as possible.  If you opt to do it on your own, you will need to carefully plan out the tasks and how the daily workload can be accomplished while also tackling the implementation.  Phoenix Group does as much or as little as the client wishes.  The amount of resources an organization has to work on the implementation has a significant affect on the length of time it takes to complete an implementation.

Overall, we tend to tell people to plan on taking 3-6 months selecting the right ERP system and up to a year to implement.  All of the factors above will impact the length of time for implementation and several of them impact the length of time needed to select the ERP. 

We get asked this question almost daily.  Companies always want to know exactly how long it will take to implement a new ERP.  The answer?  It depends.  The length of time it takes to implement a new ERP system is dependent upon numerous factors.  They are:

  1. The ERP chosen. There are hundreds of ERP systems on the market and more added almost daily.  There is truly an ERP out there for almost any organization.  Obviously, some are more complex than others.  The complexity of the ERP chosen can affect the length of time it takes to implement.
  2. Modules implemented. Most ERP’s offer a good variety of modules.  It is rare that an organization would choose to implement every module but most need at least a few.  The number of modules chosen will impact the implementation timeline.
  3. Customization: Almost any ERP will require some customization.  This type of customization does not mean rewriting the core program but, rather, making some allowable changes to suit your organization’s needs.  The amount of customization will affect the length of implementation.
  4. Some organizations have one location.  Those with one location will likely take less time than those with several locations.  The number of locations that need to access the ERP will affect the length of time for the implementation.
  5. On Premise or Cloud Based? Some organizations still prefer to have their ERP onsite (or “on premises”).  On premise systems require upgrading or changing hardware.  If a cloud based ERP is chosen, it eliminates the need to change hardware in most cases.
  6. Data migration. Some organizations chose to archive all previous data and start fresh with the new ERP.  However, most elect to bring over at least a year’s worth of data so they can have comparisons within their new ERP.  The amount of data being migrated will have a definite impact on the implementation timeline. 

  7. Let’s face it…you are busy and so is your staff.  It can be hard to dedicate staff to a new ERP implementation.  Often consulting firms, such as Phoenix Group, can do a lot of the heavy lifting for you and make it as painless as possible.  If you opt to do it on your own, you will need to carefully plan out the tasks and how the daily workload can be accomplished while also tackling the implementation.  Phoenix Group does as much or as little as the client wishes.  The amount of resources an organization has to work on the implementation has a significant affect on the length of time it takes to complete an implementation.

Overall, we tend to tell people to plan on taking 3-6 months selecting the right ERP system and up to a year to implement.  All of the factors above will impact the length of time for implementation and several of them impact the length of time needed to select the ERP. 

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