Companies wanting to operate abroad should minimise the risk of investment by putting
a suitable IT structure in place.
IT systems that are put in place before the decision to take a business international are generally only suitable for meeting local requirements in terms of language, taxation and currency, for instance. When ascertaining whether a system is fit for international deployment, factors such as scalability and interfaces need to be taken into account, as well as whether a solution is compatible with different country requirements.
2) How do you set up a global ERP structure?
There are a few underlying factors that determine the success or failure of a multinational ERP implementation, whatever the company. The findings of the study "Issues in multinational ERP implementations" indicate that, alongside ‘hard’ project-related factors, cultural differences also play a key role in international IT projects. In addition to language barriers, these cultural factors include differing management styles, diverging views on company policy and conduct at work.
As a rule, SMEs in particular do not have departments or defined structures in place, or the requisite knowledge to make IT structures fit for internationalisation. If the implementation of the ERP system is to be successful, measures must be taken to compensate for this lack of knowledge. Firstly, the necessary groundwork must be done within the company. Secondly, the company should employ concepts, partners and solutions that have already proven to be successful in the field of international IT systems. The choice of partner in particular is crucial in determining the success of a project. In the study mentioned above, the authors Plant and Willkocks emphasise the importance of a partner’s local presence. The study references two case studies that show how the presence of a partner on site can influence the success of an multinational ERP project.
Success has long since ceased to be confined to country borders. Dealing with international production markets and sales markets is now the norm and part of everyday work for companies of virtually all sizes. This has a direct impact on the relevant IT structures, which in turn need to be set up to map structures and transactions across country borders where necessary.
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