Manufacturing ERP projects cost tend to rise quickly as you move toward implementation. For CFOs, this creates dilemmas in budgeting for these projects. The challenge typically comes back to finding ways to curtail costs before the process moves too far. Taking the time to plan and scope your projects up front can yield significant benefits for your bottom line.
Plan It Out
The critical moment comes well before you purchase any software. Your organization needs to come to the table with a sense of what you want to achieve, and what your ERP resources can do to get you there. To get there, take the time to create a management plan that includes at least the following:
Adhere to Actual Needs
Evolving projects rarely move toward spending that drops below initial expectations. When you move through your timelines, assess with care options that arise. Return to your initial planning stage and determine what, if anything, additions would do to improve your ROI or overall impact on your organization. Never change your scope without reaching a purposeful conclusion that it will improve what you are doing.
Negotiate Your Deal
Remember that vendors with whom you work operate in a client service industry, and that you have options. Don’t let yourself be pushed into paying for options or packages your company doesn’t need. Stick to your plans and purchase for your own company’s purposes.