iStock_000022365355MediumOrganizations implementing ERP software are ultimately looking to improve their business productivity and efficiency through innovative technology. To achieve this goal, organizations should ensure that organizational changes promote their long-term business strategy. Companies that are hoping to maximize business benefits from their new ERP software must rethink their business processes and continuous improvement strategies in order to achieve ERP success.

Business process management, coupled with continuous improvement, is imperative to any successful ERP implementation. In order for a business to thrive in a competitive marketplace, it must focus on process excellence, which ultimately leads to innovation. Business process management and continuous improvement create value across an organization by challenging the current state of the business and determining the efficiency of current state processes. When companies challenge the status quo, this will nurture continuous innovative thinking.

Managers must foster an environment where empowerment is given to all members of the organization before, during and after the ERP implementation. Supplemental education after the ERP go-live can create new thought processes and approaches since employees have already gained an understanding of the basic ‘block and tackle’ processes of the ERP system. They can subsequently challenge the status quo to seek business and process improvement.

An innovative organization involved in continuous improvement is agile and nimble. Such an organization is able to experiment with different solutions to a problem and can further understand business needs and industry opportunities presented through the agile learning process. Once the continuous improvement model is adopted, businesses can benefit from the outcome of performance improvement to fix short-term issues and develop a long-term strategy.

Continuous improvement must be adopted throughout an organization to achieve ERP success. If your organization adopts this philosophy and shifts its culture towards innovative thinking, you will increase your competitive advantage within your industry, leading to long-term success.

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