ERP or MRP implementations are commonly undertaken by larger companies to streamline their business processes, but they can also be helpful for smaller businesses wanting to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

In May 2013 we were approached by a local engineering firm who were looking at investing in new software to help them with improving their manufacturing business. As a small company of 40 employees, they didn’t have the expertise or time to investigate what ERP systems were available or suitable for their business and so sought assistance from us.

Like many companies in their position, they were keen on getting some software to help them become more efficient and to better manage their manufacturing process. Their concern was that they would buy some software that would be inappropriate or worse, cause major operational problems.

We were asked to undertake a feasibility study, to determine what advantages, if any, the new software would bring. The following series of blog posts documents our process including the initial business analysis, project management, supplier & product evaluation through to training and implementation and of course costs.

The rough project outline included:

* As-is Business Analysis
* Evaluation of potential software
* Business Process Reengineering
* To-Be Business Process Design
* Supplier Selection
* Implementation Plan
* Migration Plan from the existing Software
* Training
* Process & Procedural Documentation (for ISO)
* Go-Live

We’ll go through each of the above during this blog series, looking at approaches and techniques that we used.