Like everything that you want to succeed in, planning is the crucial beginning step in starting to modernize ERP systems to the cloud. The chosen deployment team should include the implementing partners and cloud providers, drawing on their expertise, but never handing over control. Partners and cloud providers are there to help solve the unique configurations of your modernization strategy, underlying the need for effective communication. The following components help in supporting a modernization strategy.
● Clearly Define Project Goals — If it is measurable then it is improvable. Setting agreed upon KPIs will help the entire team build consensus and understand progress towards the strategic goals. In this measure, KPI baselining is an essential practice.
● Map Processes And Inventory Systems — Before any cloud modernization, the entire IT system must be mapped and every process and system documented, including all internal and 3rd party solutions. If there are roles associated with data ownership, management, and use, they too should be documented.
● Ensure Executive And Employee Communications — While modernizing to the cloud will rarely, if ever, be pursued without executive support, it is advised to ensure that executive understanding is aligned with the implementation teams to guarantee that the transition achieves success.
● Design An Implementation Approach — How an organization approaches modernization to the cloud is unique to their own needs. Some companies that have few systems, may decide to migrate to the cloud in one move. Others with more complex systems will often choose incremental migrations, moving their core systems first, or choosing a hybrid configuration.
● Embrace Best Practices Models — A distinct advantage of cloud systems is that modern best practices are built into the system already. Enforcing best practices has become easier.
● Baseline Reporting And Analytics — By baselining systems, real-time analytics gain powerful context. Using advanced data visualizations to provide quick insight, reports can be quickly generated to add greater insight about ERP processes.
● Inclusion And Cloud Culture Adoption — The ERP system serves end users, they must be included along the process to provide feedback in turn ensuring a successful migration. Additionally, company cultures that are not cloud forward must be educated on the benefits of the cloud and encouraged to adopt cloud first thinking.