Despite how long ERP systems have been around (over 40 years), ERP implementations are still seen as pretty mysterious affairs. Most of the mystery and myth that enshrouds ERP implementations are due to failed integrations of ERP systems past.

Thankfully, there are successful consulting firms that have debunked these myths and helped clients experienced successful ERP implementations as a result. Based on our own experiences, many of our client’s have learned that the following three myths are NOT accurate about ERP implementations and we’d like to pass this information along to you.

Myth #1: Your software consultant can’t implement your ERP software too. There are still some organizations out there who take the old school approach of using separate consultants for software selection and implementation. But the majority of consulting firms now will most likely provide you with a high-caliber team of consultants who are focused on both the business aspects and the technical pieces of the implementation. So nowadays, the consultant who helps you pick your ERP software is most likely part of a team that is going to see the project through with you from beginning to end.

Myth #2: Technical proficiency is the most important part of your ERP implementation. Technical proficiency is important, but so is business competency. Instead of focusing too much on the technical knowledge of your ERP system, look for consultants who look at the big picture when it comes to your ERP implementation. You want a team that’s not only technically proficient but project management and business process savvy.

Myth #3: ERP systems take a really long time to implement. Implementing a new ERP system isn’t something that just happens overnight but it’s certainly not a task that should be dragged out for all eternity either. The time required for an ERP implementation is generally dictated by numerous factors including the size of your business, the number of users, the degree of customization, and more. Successful implementations are implementations completed on time based on the predicted timeline drawn from these factors.

The terms of a successful ERP implementation vary from business to business but you can decrease the risk of error, save time, and cut expenses by knowing what to expect and plan for. Don’t be fooled by the all the “mystery and myth” that surrounds ERP implementations.

Ask questions, talk to your consultant, and you’ll soon find that ERP implementations aren’t as complicated and worrisome as their reputation sometimes implies.