In order to grow, it is important to continuously evaluate technology that does everything from reducing manual tasks, automating operational processes, communicating in real-time, and sharing data to make important decisions. However, there are risks involved in these projects which need to be analyzed and prevented. Let’s take a look.
Start with a Team
If you have not read our blog on Six Vital Keys to ERP and WMS Implementation Success please do so. You will find that a team taking very careful steps on projects including determining vendors and solutions, executing the project, and ensuring its ongoing success is much better than just one person. Do not get me wrong, it usually ends up one brave person who finds the need for newer technology and introduces the concept to his or her company. And many times it takes a strong lead to champion the successful execution of technology implementation with an immediate return on investment. Yet, the team approach is imperative in avoiding undue risk. Why? Two heads are better than one. When multiple parties are involved in representing their area of operations they can better represent their department’s needs and understand their personnel’s capabilities, workloads, and more.
Review your Contract
You must face this; contracts are in place for great reason. Long ago a man’s (or woman’s word) and a hand shake was all it took. It’s a new world now and the realm continues to change. Who hasn’t made bad decisions and reviewed the contract afterwards? Let me save you some time and trouble. Contracts are in place to rightfully protect vendors and customers. If you do not have the legal resources in house it is always best to have an attorney with the knowledge required to review any sales or licensing contracts and scope of work. Quality business people understand that there is nothing wrong with a contract review process. In fact, it may even clarify points that make both parties even more aware of the aspects that could negatively or positively sway a project.
This is a tough one. We began as a startup firm twenty years ago and I can still remember struggling to get over the “hump” with no references. It took hard work, honesty, charging a little less, and milestone billing but we got there! If you are investing a considerable amount of money in a software project, it is only normal to talk to people about their experiences with a technology company. Sales professionals understand that good customers do their home-work. One diminutive point I would like to make is this should be done only after you’ve determined that a vendor’s price is within reason and their product addresses your requirements. It’s not fair to waste anyone’s time if you have not narrowed down your selection and considered the purchase.
Constant Project Management and Quick Decision Making
If you have not read our blog on Implementation Approach please do. From Analysis Paralysis which slows down any progress to Cowboy Crazy wherein processes are not documented, tested etc. before a Go Live. However, these approaches are easily avoided. A weekly, bi-weekly, or daily meeting depending upon the project scope is a key factor in a successful deployment. When you have a project plan broken down into finite tasks you can easily detect an issue or, if something was missed, you can correct it prior to just jumping in and executing something that could adversely affect your company.
Small But Mighty
Each step listed above is essential in managing risk in software technology and though they may seem tedious, all are well worth it. In conclusion, work together with your team and put in the research then check it twice. You can never go wrong with a little bit of added effort! Our software streamlines your processes in the warehouse and gives you time to pay attention to the smaller details. Learn more how DCWarehouse and DCMobile can help your manufacturing and distribution business today and drop us a note below!