Business Transformation Mapping

It has been said that the only constant in business is change. Meanwhile, numerous studies have shown that up to 70% of change efforts fail. Luckily for managers, this doesn’t have to be the case. With proper planning, thoughtful management, and appropriate timelines, even the largest of complex change initiatives will be successful.

Change initiatives can vary widely in scope and complexity. Large-scale projects are typically at the enterprise or business unit level, while small-scale projects could be at the program or process level. Business transformation typically refers to medium and large scale projects that impact strategies, management systems, or multiple business processes. Large-scale transformations may result from the acquisition of a new company, market disruption, business model innovation, restructuring for revenue growth, or performance improvement and operational change.

 

Business transformation mapping is one of the most important parts of any process optimization or ERP implementation project. It requires step-by-step, in-depth understanding and documentation of the processes required to run a business. Not only that, it requires identifying how each process is currently accomplished today (“as-is”) and how each of those processes will be accomplished in the future (“to be”). Once these pieces of information are documented, a roadmap can be built that will direct the company how to implement changes from the “as-is” state to the “to-be” state. Finally, the company can successfully plan for the journey, identifying and allocating budget, timing, resources required, and selecting the tools (systems) needed to be successful. This planning is conducted with awareness of the fit and any gaps between the future state processes and the ERP software, thereby eliminating much of the risk associated with the traditional approach to deploying ERP software.


By taking the time needed to properly map and plan business transformation projects, organizations can greatly reduce the risk of moving to a new ERP system and significantly increase the probability for success.

Companies that embrace business transformation mapping can expect to achieve the following benefits:


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    Streamlined processes, improved efficiency and greater agility

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    Clear understanding and ownership of predicted benefits

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    Productivity improvements along with stronger financial and process control

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    Development of a re-energized leadership

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    Achievement of medium term financial strategy

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    Improvements in on-time delivery, reduction of operating and administrative costs, reduction in inventory and faster cycle time

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    Improved customer service and increased profitability

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    Business transformation offers a clear understanding of the industry competition and provides the ability to adopt leading industry practices

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