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Changing ERP systems?

04 Aug

How to safely avoid trading disruption when changing ERP systems

Celtrino Marketing

celtrino Marketing

For suppliers who interface with customer back-office systems to present electronic invoices, EDI is a key aspect of an ERP migration that’s often left to the last minute.

By then, it’s too late to avoid disruption to your operations, trading relationships and even cash flows.

If you're considering an ERP migration, read the advice below to get a handle on the important issues. 

Migrating live trading relationship

Changing ERP systems typically means migrating Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) formats to continue the seamless exchange of business documents with customers.

For suppliers who rely on EDI to meet customer trading demands, a key aspect of changing ERP systems is choosing an experienced and competent EDI service provider.

The provider you choose must support all messaging standards and interface types and provide access to global VAN networks.

In an ERP migration, you must continue to meet your customers’ EDI trading needs and remain compatible with their systems. That’s difficult when each of them has different messaging and data requirements.

It takes highly specialised knowledge and expertise - that’s why it’s essential to have an experienced implementation partner onboard.

The ERP Migration Checklist

What really matters in an ERP migration? 

 Messages and data exchanged with customers continue to flow

 Testing is thorough but not overwhelming to your organisation or customers

 Migration to the new ERP system is seamless for your trading partners

 The switch to a new ERP system does not disrupt your operations

 Working relationship with all parties involved are fully transparent

 The project is implemented quickly and within budget

 Your team continue to receive guidance and technical support after implementation

Changing ERP systems

Is your ERP system more of a problem than a solution? Legacy back-office systems lose pace with technology and customer needs. They quickly become difficult to use. Sound familiar? 

An ERP system should automate key back-office functions and integrate technology and human resources. If they're poorly chosen and implemented, ERP systems can negatively impact companies.

Lack of features, poor usability and meaningless data prevent companies from achieving maximum value. 

Back-office systems that aren’t fit for purpose, or have become obsolete, won’t scale with your growth expectations.They can’t deal with:

• Larger data volumes
• New technology and workflows
• Product and service innovations
• Complex information requirements
• Changing customer needs

Research by Aberdeen Group found that mid-sized companies who implement modern ERP systems can support change and grow operating margins by 21%. To work well, an ERP systems must integrate with key internal and external processes.

Celtrino has almost 30 years’ experience of helping companies interface their back-office systems with their customers’ electronic trading systems.

Our services offer you the very best people and technology, so you benefit from our expertise.

Celtrino is a leading supplier of cost-effective supply chain services. Each year our customers process millions of electronic documents through our industry leading platform.

Changing ERP System? Speak to an EDI expert today.