Not every company has an ERP Project Manager on the staff
If you are considering a new ERP project, one of the first things you’ll need is someone to look after it. While this might be your IT or Business System Manager we commonly find that these people often have a number of different responsibilities competing for their time and attention.
We can help in one of three ways:
Provision of ERP Implementation Project Manager
The simplest solution is sometimes for us to provide a Project Manager to look after your ERP initiative. They will usually report to the Project Sponsor in your business and, unless you request otherwise, will deliver the project using our VIPA™ Project Delivery methodology. The advantages of hiring a Project Manager from us are:
- They will be largely free from day-to-day operational responsibility and so free to focus on the task at hand
- They will be a seasoned hand at delivering projects just like yours, so you can expect competence and credibility
- They will bring a fresh, external perspective to your operations and, where necessary, be able to challenge any dogma or unhelpful practises that might currently exist
A Project Manager that we provide will be happy to manage any mixture of resources from within the business, from the ERP vendor and from ourselves and other specialist suppliers. As we are independent of any software vendor, you can also expect us to act solely in your interests – you’re the customer after all!
Provision of Interim Business System Manager
An alternative approach can be for the internal IT or Business System Manager to manage the ERP project and to hire in temporary support to cover some or all of their other responsibilities, or to assist on the project. This has the advantage of building internal competence in ERP project management, which is potentially useful for multi-site or lengthy programmes.
At Vanilla Solutions we take an entirely pragmatic and needs-driven approach to such engagements and can usually supply the right person on either a full or part-time basis.
Sometimes a business will choose to manage an ERP project internally but will require occasional support and guidance. In these cases, we offer an ERP Mentoring service that provides support from our most experienced managers and consultants – as much or as little as you need.
To find out more about our services,
call us on 0845 388 3936 or Email us today.