Keeping it simple can reduce a lot of stress in life. Well, the same goes for business software implementations. Many failed implementations are the result of trying to accomplish too much in too little time. Overwhelming your business with new processes, new features, and new software can backfire quickly. Your employees just want to do their jobs and if their world is totally turned upside down, then productivity suffers and your return on investment plummets.
Here are three tips from our seasoned consulting team to keeping your Microsoft Dynamics GP implementation project on time and on budget:
- Trust the Best. Best practices and a proven methodology make standard setups and reporting quick and easy. Expert consultants, with years of experience behind them, know what you need to get started and can provide insightful tips and tricks to get you ramped up for optimal productivity. Your business can be quickly up and running with robust functionality and time-saving automation.
- Back to Basics. Start with the basics so your company can get comfortable with important core functionality such as Accounts Payable, General Ledger, Invoicing and Financial Statements. It’s not meant to overwhelm, rather to get your data in check and ramp you up for success. Forget about the bells and whistles or other system integrations, those can all be addressed later. The key to saving time and money is to focus on the basic functionality first.
- Upfront Data Scrub. The quickest and easiest implementations often don’t have too much initial data, but if you’re like most companies, you’ll want to have that in check before moving forward. Most applications allow you to export your data into an Excel spreadsheet, from which you can sort, analyze and clean the data. Going through this process greatly streamlines your project.
The best part about keeping it simple from the start is that you’re creating a stable platform to add on more functionality as you need it. Microsoft Dynamics GP is so scalable that you can rest assured your business is covered now and 5-10 years down the road. It allows you to grow, keep growing, and set up tailored functionality specific to your company’s requirements at any point in time. There are hundreds of terrific add-on solutions in the Microsoft Dynamics family developed for particular industries, job functions, and lines of business.
You can of course, take the ‘big bang theory’ approach to your software implementation, but for most small businesses, it makes the most sense to take the walk-before-you-run phased approach. Our
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