New ERP project on the horizon? Boy, that's big. Painful! There is one thing that will make it easier: getting your reporting fixed first. If your data is OK, or you have many ERP’s to bring together, then it's smartest to update your reporting tool first.
Here is what some of our clients found when they added CALUMO to their company before their ERP upgrade.
No down time, reporting as usual. My father was a sales manager for a colossal organization that upgraded their ERP to a well-known product that colossal companies always pick. After the implementation, there were no sales reports for six months! Can you believe it? And that wasn't the worst of it! There were data headaches, new screens for inputting data, new workflows, invoicing, payments, currencies... reporting was the last problem to solve. Boy, did this disrupted the company! Can you imagine not having reports for six months? Everyone in the company was flying blind.
The solution? Implement an excellent reporting tool like CALUMO before the move. The reporting tool should have access to data to both the old and new ERPs simultaneously. This means having your reporting tool ready for the new data when the new ERP goes live. So, no loss of reporting and if the new ERP implementation needs to to be staged, say region by region, you can do that. Or if the new ERP cut over fails, you can use the old system again and because reporting is happening as usual, it can be your own little secret :).
You can only do this with a third party reporting tool like CALUMO. If you're going to rely on the reporting tools from the old and new ERP, you're in for trouble.
Move historical data required for reporting in your reporting system, not the new ERP. You often don’t need to migrate all your data into the new ERP because it’s only used for reporting. That equates to huge costs are saved.
New ERP = new reporting system to learn and implement. Continue with an existing 3rd party reporting system, you don’t have to spend a cent on implementation, training, rewriting all you reports etc. Plus you always get will get more reporting features. Isn’t upgrading the ERP hard enough?
So, would you rather have a seamless upgrade to your ERP or risk severe disruption?