With numerous business management and ERP solutions available on the market, selecting the right one for your company can seem like a daunting task—but it does not have to be. Through a series of easy-to-navigate steps, the E.M.P.O.W.E.R. process provides the necessary guidance to move your business from envisioning to realizing results with a solution that fits your needs.
Step 1: Envisioning digital transformation
Define and prioritize your digitalization strategy, identifying the problems you wish to address and what business outcomes you hope to achieve. Spend some time considering the impact a new cloud ERP could offer across your business.
Step 2: Managing change
Once you have your strategy outlined, it is critical to assign an executive sponsor and clearly articulate roles and responsibilities for the project. Ensure each team member knows their role, understands the strategy and knows how to initiate a change in the process.
Step 3: Partner selection
Start short-listing and comparing vendors at the beginning of your buying process. The right partner will help you maximize your digitally transformed processes and ensure continued future growth as your technology and your organization evolve.
Step 4: Outcome mapping
Modern ERP provides an array of capabilities across many lines of business and functions. Identifying the business and process outcomes that will define success will help you map to the critical capabilities that are essential in supporting your desired results.
Step 5: Writing a business case
Leverage the work completed in the previous steps to build a compelling case for change, considering the business and technological impact, quantifying the return on investment (ROI) and financial benefits, and establishing a timeline and plan for implementation.
Step 6: Embracing digitalization
Accelerating organizational agility requires attention across five dimensions: strategy, structure, process, people, and technology. Help your organization see the value in your business transformation by creating immersive experiences across all five dimensions.
Step 7: Realizing results
Modern business management systems provide an array of capabilities across many lines of business and functions. Identifying the business and process outcomes that will define success will help you map to the critical capabilities that are essential in supporting your desired results.
Microsoft, Savvy SMB Leader’s Guide to Cloud ERP.