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Issues faced while implementing ERP

Some of the issues that arise during and after the course of ERP implementation are discussed below :

    >> Enhancement of ERP functions

ERP scope gets wider as it is implemented in an organization. There is a call for including many tasks under the purview. This dilutes the existing ERP system after modifying it a couple of times. Repeated change in configurations and systems will only add to the confusions. When the functions are operated by a machine it becomes increasingly difficult to make the necessary changes. These troubles arise when they are not foreseen and addressed in the implementation stage. They have to be given a place in ERP implementation plan.

    >> Organizational reaction to change

Changes do happen quickly and immediately in the organization after ERP is implemented. But if there is no proper understanding of the process or mishandling of information, it will result in questioning the ERP process. If updating is not done in the machine it will only affect the business process and create unnecessary confusions. The changes don't happen all on a sudden in an organization and expecting it immediately will only cause needless disappointments. In spite of all this expecting every member in the organization to respond proactively will not happen. If that happens the chances of ERP implementation success are great.

    >> Inflating resources for ERP implementation

The implementation time and money always exceeds the promises and stipulated deadline and amount. This makes companies to lose faith on ERP and ERP vendors. They think that ERP vendors overplay on the costs and time required but it is not so. In fact they are aware of it in the very beginning stage itself but have a different reason for concealing. They don't disclose it in the beginning because it would look like exaggerating. In fact no one would like to lose a prospective business and vendors are equally aware of the fact that "Truths are always bitter"! However many people mistake this to be the cause for ERP implementation failure.

    >> Organizations non adherence to the stated principles

Organizations largely experience a wide gap between practices and preaching .In fact this has a negative effect on the entire business scenario itself. The voracity and impact of loss could be greater and more devastating when this turns out to be true even in the case of ERP. Since ERP successful functioning is purely based on following the laid down procedures the lag could throw a serious challenge on ERP'S potential right from the stage of its implementation.

>> Problem of Transformation due to ERP

Employees find it hard to digest the transformations that place in an organization all on a sudden due to ERP implementation. In fact employees exhibit positive signs as everything goes right in the first place. But as one progresses he finds difficult to work as it gets more complex. The initial interest and expectation turns into apprehensiveness in due course of time. There is another category of people who did not encourage ERP right from the conceptualization stage.