When you begin an apparel & footwear business, your needs are simple that can be fulfilled with the use of spreadsheets and drawings. Initially, it’s a more cost-effective way to buy off-the-shelf software products. But when your business starts evolving, you will sense a need for more and more software solutions.
For instance, you started with spreadsheets for maintaining accounts, administrative tasks, and created garment designs manually. Time passes and you will require a software solution that can manage tasks in a more effective way. So, you decide to implement PLM software. But only PLM software cannot fulfill all your requirements, you will need 3D CAD software for creating 3D designs.
In such cases, you will start integrating your existing software systems with new technologies like 3D CAD, virtual platforms, ERP systems, Digital Materials library, merchandise planning software, etc. If you integrate enterprise systems, you will be able to automate the development process, increase productivity, reduce time to market, and offers seamless collaboration & communication in the organization.
Even after knowing all these impacts, you may be wondering about the investment, will it be worth it and be successful?
Well, there are certain secrets for successful enterprise integration, that you can try. Let’s list understand in-depth:
4 Secrets to Successfully Integrate Enterprise Systems
A) Capability of Resources
Team working on integrating enterprise systems should have relevant skills and complete knowledge of enterprise integrations. The success of the project will be determined by the team composition. The team should have the vision to build a robust integration that has zero or little maintenance. If you’re hiring someone specifically for these integrations, then make sure to choose an experienced partner who is well-versed with the functionality of these integrated software systems.
B) Understanding Customer Needs
It is very critical to align with what customer needs are and post understanding of the needs a blueprint document has to be created. Early in the cycle involve the business team to vet through the requirements and project the value drivers of integrations. It is always preferable to prepare an ROI document with tangible and intangible benefits.
C) Simplify the needs into smaller chunks of work
Proof Of Concept should be ready and later simplify them into small chunks. Initially, apparel & footwear companies show start slow and later gain momentum. Pilot roll-out should be based on meeting the business goals. Companies should take baby steps, try them, succeed, implement, and then move ahead.
D) Build a scalable solution
Identify the customer needs, design an integrated solution that is scalable in nature. You can implement the Minimal Viable Product (MVP) model. Start with MVP and add more features in the future to create the final expected product. A scalable solution should be built from the beginning itself so that more integration can be made to the platform.
The secrets to successfully integrate enterprise systems mentioned above will help apparel & footwear businesses to release products faster into the market, generate more revenue, enhance productivity, efficiency, and offer better collaboration.