Cincom’s Control ERP staff have an implementation goal of four months. Four months is a very short implementation cycle compared to other products.
The Four Month Process
According to Lou Washington, a manager with Cincom’s Manufacturing Business Solutions division who specializes in ERP and supply chain management, Cincom’s ERP implementation team used a project planner to arrive at a standard process that fits into a four-month window. He says that the four-month implementation goal is not to hit the four months exactly but to complete a quality project in a time sensitive manner. Some projects will take less than four months and other more complicated projects will go a little longer than four months. It depends on the project.
So what business benefits do companies have in a quality and timely ERP implementation?
Lou says the primary business goal from getting the product implemented quickly means you will start to see business benefits much sooner.
Mark Butler adds to this saying that “most ERP implementations range from a 6 to 18 month project. A business can completely transform in that time.” By implementing their own product, Cincom shortens the window of opportunity for the business to change, making their implementations more successful.
A study conducted by Panorama Consulting Group, an independent ERP consulting firm in Denver, Colorado, found that 93% of ERP implementations take longer than expected. Further, two out of three (59%) implementations cost more than initially assumed. Only 13% of the respondents surveyed characterized themselves as very satisfied with their company’s software implementation. This study shows that ERP implementations in general have a bad reputation for failure and that the majority of ERP implementations take longer than initially assumed.
Cincom’s ERP implementation process gets the implementation done in a time sensitive manner while having a success rate of zero failed implementations—fast and successful.