Institutions know they need 21st century technological solutions, but many are still operating using a 20th century model. If your institution or organization is updating or replacing its Financial, Human Resources, Payroll, Student Information Systems or all of the above, you will need to diagnose and devise a strategy for a successful implementation. See the Questions and Answers below to help you plan for your project.
What issues are involved in implementing ERP systems?
Your organization will need to consider the following when undertaking a large-scale implementation: strategic planning, organizational assessment, vendor selection, service and risk management, change management, as well as establishing the project’s leadership and organization.
How can Delta Initiative help with the implementation?
Besides instituting processes and services geared toward the issues mentioned above, Delta Initiative can also provide a technology roadmap and help in establishing more effective partnerships between administrative, business and technology units. We specialize in creating an inclusive consulting process that provides quick results. And, because key decision makers are involved from the beginning, we ensure maximum buy-in from your business owners.
What is the first step toward implementation?
Typically, we begin with an assessment based on understanding and modeling your organization’s needs and existing strategy. This assessment may be done in conjunction with a seminar or workshop, allowing you to get immediate value from Delta Initiative’s flexible approach.
These workshops are one or two days in length, either in-person or virtually, and are meant to kick-start your efforts. The workshops are the quickest way to get your project team up-to-speed on industry trends, vendors and solution domains. We also can provide a roadmap for the strategy, selection or implementation phase of your ERP efforts.
What is a Strategy Assessment and how is it useful?
It is difficult to make the right decisions about key programs if you don’t have accurate information. All too often, an organization’s culture can create pockets of siloed information, leading to decisions that do not truly benefit the entire organization. In our experience, we have found that a crucial aspect of a successful strategy implementation is to increase the communication between the various functional groups. We help you create a Strategy Assessment for key programs. We work together across your organization to develop the plan for what each business group needs to do to achieve the institution’s objectives.
What is a Realized Value Assessment?
Sometimes, organizations do not have a clear picture of how and where its technology is utilized. Software may have been purchased but not configured; configured but not rolled out; rolled out but not reflective of business process. Are you getting the best from your technology spend? A realized value assessment focuses on the effective use of technology throughout your organization. By reviewing and analyzing the current state of technology utilization, we help you formulate a transition road map that leverages technology improvements to maximize effectiveness.
How can Delta Initiative help with vendor selection?
We have independent, in-depth knowledge of key technology vendors. Our experience and proven approach in evaluating vendors ensures the vendor selection is based on true business needs. You benefit from quicker and more effective assessments that provide immediate value. For technology initiatives, making the right decision based on asking the right questions is the start of a successful project.
Projects succeed when organizations are ready for change. Looking across the dimensions of people, process and technology, the key is to determine the state of your organization’s appetite for change. Does the current staff have the skill set to implement the project? If not, is there a plan to bolster their skill set? Are your business processes modeled and documented? What is the state of your organization’s data? We help you determine the answers to these questions and more. Then we develop plans to move your organization along the change curve in anticipation of a successful project delivery.
Many organizations are facing ERP implementations with significant budget restraints. Professional project management provided by an outside management source, one with experience in large projects, helps reduce risk, increase quality, and potentially save millions of dollars. Delta Initiative takes a hands-on approach to working with your staff to accomplish objectives. Together we develop and implement project plans, define project governance, establish change management activities and institute project status metrics. We set the project up for success by addressing the organization itself, the processes, and then the technology. Finally, we make sure the processes are in place to ensure your organization is self-sufficient when we leave.
What happens if the project has already been launched and is showing signs of trouble?
Given the complexity of ERP, projects can get off track. Delta Initiative can reset the project on a road to success by addressing the organization. Are the right people in the right place? Is the organization built for success? Has a culture of change been established? We examine processes. Are there repeatable, documented processes in place that can sustain the organization? We take a close look at the technology implementation. Does it meet or fulfill the intended business requirements? Finally, we put a discipline in place to ensure each component works together to meet your objectives and goals.