On the one hand, you have the need for making the change to a manufacturing information system that will help you gain a competitive advantage. On the other hand, you’re faced with a wealth of anecdotal horror stories about the time and effort it takes to implement such a system. Confusion. Delays. Downtime. Many of the problems that you hear about seem to be common mantras from those companies that have had problems with ERP implementation.
By the volume of the protestations, it would appear that ERP implementation is nothing but trouble. However, it must be kept in mind that the old ‘squeaky wheel’ adage rings most true here. That is to say, those majority of manufacturers that have little or no problems with ERP implementation are usually less vocal in public about their successes, while those that encounter difficulties are the first to complain.
What separates the successes from those less so? In a word: (more…)