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Process Modeling with Epicor® XSOL
Upgrading software can save your business a lot of time and money. After all, one of the main reasons companies buy new business systems is to get more done in less time! However, if you haven’t redesigned your processes, your employees may be running into the same hurdles with your new software.
Your software solution is only as valuable as the processes that support it. Understanding the new system and how it helps your employees’ daily work is crucial to see ROI from your implementation. XSOL process modeling may be the secret to higher adoption rates and improved productivity.
One of the best ways to jumpstart change management is by designing new processes around your software. Designing processes haphazardly can lead to frustration and mistakes as your staff adapts to the new system. Process modeling can help support your users with well-designed rules and procedures.
Process modeling is a crucial step to ensure your ERP implementation is successful. Here’s how XSOL process modeling can help your business.
What Does XSOL Process Modeling Do?
Your business probably has a ton of processes set in place to manage tasks and distribute resources. Some of those processes are bound to change when new software is introduced. While your staff knows how to complete their work now, they may not see how the new software can simplify their jobs.
Creating and documenting processes is a necessary step of any ERP implementation. A deep understanding of the processes that help your business run can help you see opportunities for automation. Process modeling identifies each task, the inputs needed to complete the task, and the expected outcomes.
Often, business owners will make process maps to describe how something happens. Yet, this 2D format can still represent the conceptual process more than reality.
That’s where XSOL process recording goes up a notch. XSOL process modeling shows a 3D model of every task as it physically takes place in your office, factory, or warehouse. This visualization of As-Is processes often reveals new opportunities for efficiency and improvement.
Process modeling can help show the difference between the as-is processes and the to-be processes after installing your ERP system. Closing the gap between the desired end goal and the current state can help to ensure implementation success.
Why Process Modeling Trumps Process Mapping
An effective ERP implementation depends on integrating the system into your workflows. If the system isn’t baked into your processes, your teams may struggle to adopt the new ERP system.
Many businesses may already have process maps. However, process maps can be convoluted and difficult to interpret. Turning process maps into training can be even more challenging, leading workers to return to the old way of doing things.
There’s a world of difference in process modeling vs process mapping. While a process map is a flat explanation of how a task is done, a process model can show how that task looks in the real world. Within a process model, you can quickly see how a shift in the process can impact its success.
A process model can show the entire process lifecycle from start to finish. This shows your team member how their contribution impacts the whole process. Staff can struggle with workflows when they don’t understand their role in the process.
Process modeling with XSOL lets you define meaningful deadlines and steps within your process. This can make it easy to recognize and remove bottlenecks. Visualizing your process this way can show you opportunities to save time, resources, and money you might have missed with a process map.
How Does Process Modeling Enable Your ERP Implementation?
Modeling your current and future processes can set up your implementation for success. Detailed models can help ERP implementation teams get what processes can be transformed with the new system. Defining these processes can help ERP systems deliver the ROI businesses hope for.
ERP systems are highly customizable, and it’s crucial to get the right integrations to serve your business. Having defined processes shows which integrations are most beneficial to your business. With process models, you can ensure that the bottlenecks in your business are removed, and your processes are streamlined.
When new software is installed, your team will need to be trained on using that software. The success of an ERP implementation depends on high adoption and use rates. Your staff will not be willing to adopt a system when they don’t understand how it helps their day-to-day work.
Process modeling is an easy way to help your team start using your new software. The visual models show workers how their daily work will shift with the system. They can see the impact of saving even a few moments throughout their day.
Unlike process maps, which often get stored away and ignored, process models are easy to return to again and again. Adding resource documents or links to your models can simplify both initial training and future reviews. As your employees start using the system, they can refer to the models for all the resources they need to adopt the new process.
The secret to ERP success is thorough training. Process modeling simplifies training and makes process changes easy for workers to understand.
Set Your Business up for Success
Business growth depends on a deep understanding of your business. Modeling your processes shows where there is room for improvement. XSOL process modeling can show staff at every level how the business runs.
We’re dedicated to making your ERP implementation successful, and XSOL is a crucial part of that process. Once your processes are clear, your ERP system can be designed precisely for your business needs. That’s why we offer XSOL training and implementation to help you visualize your business’s daily operations.
If you’re looking to get the best ROI from your ERP implementation, XSOL is a must-have. We can help you gain a deeper understanding of your business and prepare for new software. Contact us to get started modeling your processes today!
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