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As the CEO of AdvancePro Technologies, I have worked with hundreds of small and medium-sized businesses to help them take control of their inventory management processes. We offer a highly functional enterprise program that touches multiple parts of our customers’ businesses, and its adoption represents a major shift in their work processes. We’ve put a tremendous amount of work into our software, but my experience has shown me that it’s the effectiveness of the implementation that really makes or breaks inventory management success. Most estimates of ERP implementation success rates have it below 50%, and I’ve been around long enough to have seen my share of failed adoptions. I’d like to share some of the common elements that I have seen in failed implementations, and some ideas for how to overcome them.