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Is There Still Time to Implement ERP Software Before the Holidays?

With the busy holiday season quickly approaching, you may be thinking to yourself, “Do I have time to implement ERP software?”. At FlexiBake we know the holiday season can be as stressful as it is joyous, and we want to take some of that stress away. By implementing our Bakery ERP before these festivities begin, this holiday season you can focus on the things that matter most, like family and friends.

Implement ERP software with SMART goals

Make sure to select specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time bound goals that relieve your main pain points. Leave the “nice-to-haves” out of these goals for now, with the intention to implement additional features after you’ve already started to save time and made it through the holiday season.

Imports available

We offer data imports, both with the ability to scrub the data first or a quick turn around option directly from QuickBooks, Xero, or other accounting software. This service saves a ton of manual entry time, meaning you can get up and running with goals like online ordering, invoicing, route management, etc. very quickly.

Dedicated project manager

When looking to implement ERP software in your bakery, especially before the holiday season, you need to align yourself with the right team for a smooth implementation. It’s important to make sure you choose a software that will have your best interests at heart, with a good team to support you. A dedicated project manager to assist you implement your ERP software will be your ace!

Don’t bite off more that you can chew

This circles back to our initial point, make sure you have strong goals in place. It’s easy to say that we need to implement every part of the system right away, but don’t forget that you also need to keep up with the influx of customer orders, staff vacations, kids out of school, along with all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Make sure you select achievable and realistic goals when you implement ERP software at a time like this.

Don’t let it mushroom into a complicated project

As you work through your system, ensure you have a team lead on your side managing the project. It is very easy to see exciting options like adding the Nutritional Analysis, or research and development tools, and while adding a little addition to the project may not make a difference, adding many little additions will create a mushroom effect with the project, causing you to lose sight of your goals and not achieve your timeline.

Keep momentum

Once you get moving, don’t stop! It’s easy to allow other projects or life to get in the way of the work you need to get done in the system but the problem with putting the project on hold is it’s very similar to taking one step forward and two steps back, you forgot what you learned so far as you haven’t had time to use it and the data in the system may become outdated (if you change prices or take on new customers). Whatever happens, stick to your goals and your project timeline to implement ERP software, it will be worth it in the end – trust us!

To learn more about getting started with FlexiBake, contact our product advisor team today:
https://www.flexibake.com/contact-us/