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Use Enterprise Resource Planning to Make the Playoffs Every Year.
As fall weather turns to winter, football analogies naturally appear when discussing business process improvement. So here’s one for the complicated, all-encompassing ERP system. See if this helps others within your organization take a fresh look at this involved process with the zeal of a die-hard fan.
1. Preparation is key in both football and implementation of ERP.
How did you do in the draft? How did your preseason go? Do you have an ERP system already? Is it still serving your needs and growing with you or do you need to look elsewhere? If you drafted well with an eye toward the future you should be well prepared to make good decisions for the long haul. That also includes the training your people received. As a coach, you find out what kind of talent you have gotten in the preseason. We all know what kind of early season performance you get from a player who held out. You need everyone’s buy-in when you get your ERP system and their training is the playbook that shows the benefits coming from everyone being on the same page.
2. Sure, your end goal is your ‘Super Bowl’,
but you also need to have your short-term goals, your one game at a time philosophy.
What’s the game plan? Each department or C-suite executive may be your captains of the offense, defense and special teams. But nowhere is a football analogy more appropriate than each department being selfless and understanding everyone should be focused on the common goal. Whether your focus this year is increased speed in product delivery, an increase in quality or service, greater innovation, or some combination of those, annual organizational goals can only be met if each group supports the calls to get there. That means total buy-in at every level of the team.
3. Make the right calls.
Just like a head coach calls a play based on the current down and distance, your ERP system should be aiding you with making the best calls to achieve an increase in communication, better visibility of operations, lower costs and streamlined processes. Be ready to call on your assistant coaches, or department heads, to help make the call for their area of expertise. Do they know how to request the footage they need to see where their department is breaking down? Have they thought of other kinds of information they could use to make better decisions? Don’t let them wait until the second half to decide they don’t have what they need to perform.
4. Are you ready to audible?
Planning is critical for success but your competition can’t be expected to just lie down. They, too, have a game plan and will be making their own moves and working to minimize your impact in the game. Your ERP software is crucial for responding with quicker information so you can respond to the marketplace quicker and address a change made by the competition. With better visibility of your strengths, you’ll know how to approach customers and stand out from the competition, like calling a play-action pass on fourth and one.
You bought in an ERP system to help your company streamline, get ahead of the competition and be the leader in your field. You’ve spent lots of effort and resources to integrate your processes so make sure to use it to it’s full potential. Like in football, you’ve got to rally the team around your system with full buy-in. Bring everyone together to focus on outperforming the competition, not the other departments. But if you find your system doesn’t address your needs anymore or you need help with new plays, you might want to contact ERP software specialists, like TGO Consulting, to address your ERP solution. When you have a system you understand and the entire organization is on board, go ahead and call that flea-flicker with the confidence that your team has new momentum.
Melanie Valenzuela has been writing about business topics for several years and currently writes on behalf of TGO Consulting. When not writing, she can be found working on her world perspective through travel; or challenging her heart rate through tennis, running or attending a Kansas City Royals baseball game. You can find her on LinkedIn.