How Long Will An ERP Project Take To Implement?

ERP BUYING GUIDE SERIES (Article 4 OF 10)

Scroll to the bottom to see additional articles in this series. This interrelated series of blogs will focus on the important essentials to help you streamline the process of evaluating and procuring a new ERP system.

How Long Will An ERP Project Take To Implement?

This article is intended to provide you general guidelines. If a specific timeframe or a detailed project schedule is desired then please contact Calsoft. See below for various project phases and the typical services provided in an ERP implementation.

I’ll focus on project timeframes for mid-market solutions. Dynamics GP and Dynamics NAV are positioned by Microsoft as ideal for companies with $20 Mil – $700 Mil in annual revenues. These are two of the most popular ERP systems for the mid-market.

In reference to Article 3, (How much does an ERP system cost, (Click Here)) of this series of articles, here are timeframes for those three scenarios:

  • Project Timeframe: 2.5 – 4 months
    3 CONCURRENT USERS – FINANCIAL MODULES ONLY
    Presumes that no customizations are needed. Presumes no integrations are needed.
  • Project Timeframe: 5 – 6 months
    7-10 CONCURRENT USERS – FINANCIALS, SALES, INVENTORY FUNCTIONALITY
    Presumes that no customizations are needed. Presumes no integrations are needed.
  • Project Timeframe: 5 – 7 months
    12-15 CONCURRENT USERS – FINANCIALS, SALES, INVENTORY FUNCTIONALITY
    Presumes that very few (if any) customizations are needed. Presumes little to no integrations are needed.
  • Project Timeframe: 6 – 9 Months is a rough estimate for clients that (in addition to needing standard financial management and sales order management) need project accounting, manufacturing or eCommerce.

In addition, if integrations to other systems are needed or if there are a lot of customizations required then the project timeframe will be increased as well.

The typical project phases (in this order) and services provided for a mid-market ERP project are:

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