A system for supply chain management in an organization leads to tremendous financial benefits. Several such companies exist that have saved millions just because they automated their supply chain. However, none of the money saved came easily. To effectively place, the supply chain system in the organization is one very complex and difficult task. Inventory management system software and Warehouse management system are somewhat similar to the supply software. They just have some tasks different from each other. More or less all these systems are for the same purpose. However, another system is Project Management software for IT firms to handle project development, effectively.
Are you considering to automated workings in your organization by implementing any of these software systems. In case of yes, it is better you to get familiar with implementation difficulties. Here I will be taking example of supply system to highlight problem areas and give tips to get implementation done, smoothly.
- The employees and internal stakeholders oppose the installation of any new task management software. The reason of employees opposing is that they are happy with what they are doing and do not want something that will change the way they work. It is often seen that employees try to avoid using new system and those who start using it abandon using it after occurrence of first error. It is not possible of developers of any management software to forecast every situation. At initial stage, system requires tweaking and requires actual data to work with for time to understand scenarios. The employees who work on the system may lose confidence in it after encountering errors, which may has caused because of lack of data in new system.
To overcome this problem, you should get your employees prepared to use SCM. You can organize training session for employees to teach them how to use the new system. In these sessions, you can show them how this software will solve your purpose while creating their job simpler and efficient, once they know using it, thoroughly.
- Compatibility issues between new SCM systems with existing system, is another problem. In most of the cases, the existing ERP solution will require modification or normal tweaking to include new SCM system a part of it. You should be ready for these kinds of changes.
To conclude I would like to say that implementation is not a one-man decision. It requires consultation and persuasion to every one involving with the system.
Conclusion: This blog focuses on problems that come when implementing a new SCM, PMS, IMS or WMS in an organization. This also provides tips that help when such problem occurs.