How to Plan for an Oracle ERP Cloud Implementation

Written By: Michael Huang
Date: June 17, 2019

Are you planning on implementing Oracle ERP Cloud for your business? Are you concerned about the planning process? The good news is that you’re not alone in the quest to determine how to plan for an Oracle ERP Cloud implementation.

Most organizations today tend to be unsure about their implementation process and how to successfully integrate Oracle ERP Cloud into their business. This is important first step to a successful Oracle Cloud ERP implementation.

The importance of your Oracle ERP Cloud implementation plan

As statistics go, an estimated 60% of ERP projects fail. While this stat may be concerning, it’s important that you realize that by taking the first step and reading this blog, you’re already taking the necessary steps to having a successful Oracle Cloud ERP project. The importance of planning begins as early as when you are negotiating your Oracle ERP cloud contract.

Specifically, with Oracle, if you’ve chosen this cloud-based ERP system you’ve made a good decision as well. Oracle is a powerful software platform that provides data that’s collecting in real time, a sleek inventory management system, and a plethora of other useful applications. So, without further ado here are some tips on how to successfully plan a Oracle implementation.

Testing the Oracle ERP Cloud software is key

When you’re implementing ERP software testing probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. However, we at Third Stage Consulting believe in the importance of ERP go-live system testing before you implement them because you have to know if this software is functional within your company.

From the beginning of the project it’s important to focus on testing because you never know if something doesn’t work for your organization. Individual process testing is an ok way of going about it, but we recommend that you focus on running a complete business process to prove that your ERP software is made to handle your business wants and needs.

Communicate the project

In all parts of the project it’s important to have frequent and clear communication with everyone involved in it. Make sure that everyone involved with this specific project has access to whatever materials they need to complete their tasks. This should be an important part of your ERP organizational change management strategy.

Reporting results to various tests is also an important part of the project and setting up weekly meetings to discuss project progress is also extremely important. No matter how your project goes if you can communicate it well everything will go smoothly. Not communicating can lead to a mess of a project that you’ll have trouble cleaning up later down the road.

Safekeeping your data

Before you continue with your implementation plans it’s important that preparations are made to take inventory of your current data. Find the errors in your current system and try to fix errors before Oracle Cloud comes into play. If you’re able to accomplish this before the actual process begins you can minimize delays during the data migration stage and you’ll be able to keep your project on track

Prepare for anything

Not all plans are built to be successful and that’s why when you’re going through the planning process, you make sure that you have a contingency plan in case anything goes south. Even after you’ve implemented Oracle Cloud ERP software it is wise to keep an ongoing plan on how to support the software beyond going live. Keep track of who you need to contact in case you need help and how to contact them in that case.

By building a support strategy into your plan it will take a large burden off your shoulders when it comes to planning for your digital transformation. From the time you estimate your Oracle ERP Cloud implementation time and budget until go-live, a solid plan is key.

And as always Third Stage Consulting is always here to answer any of your ERP planning questions and needs. Contact us if you would like a sounding board for the next steps in your project!

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