A business that is looking to implement a new ERP system with an improved management or distribution process will need to look at the beginning and end points of their processes. This is known as discovery. A business should first assess what each department needs and who will be most invested in the different points of the ERP process. This can help a business streamline the more important pieces of their ERP system to the right people and departments.
The business should then use discovery to assess where the weaknesses or gaps are in the manufacturing and distribution processes and incorporate fixing these gaps into the new ERP software requirements. Set out a timeline for rolling out the new software and a goal of how quickly it should be implemented in each department and, ultimately, throughout the business as a whole.
Finally, assess how much the final cost will be, including initial expenses such as the purchase of the software, training and maintenance costs including upgrades and support.