The timeline of installing
1. Install the software out of the box
To install a tier one system you spend significant amounts of time going through
2. Pick an industry-specific package, if possible
This makes installing a system out of the box much more possible and ensures your company will gain the maximum benefits in the least amount of time. Choosing the
3. Utilize industry templates
The better systems in combination with forward-thinking partners will have come up with a highly organized approach that carefully outlines the requirements of the customer and the implementation partner. Industry templates will already have been set up and default project plans prepared. Requirements gathering is greatly simplified and the implementation turns customization into configuration. Import templates are all ready to go.
4. One-click Cloud solutions
An exciting development that has become possible with
5. Free up time for your staff to participate
A research project studying implementation projects and carried out by Deloitte many years ago stated that 50% of the cost of an IT systems project was attributed to internal costs. While this may have been more attributable to Enterprise level corporations, the need for internal staff availability is true for any size of implementation project. Otherwise, even for a mid-market system, you will find yourselves on a three to four month schedule.
Implementing a mid-market ERP system in 45 days or less is legitimately possible if you adhere to these five principles. It has the dual benefits of reducing the stress on your people, assuming you have freed up time for the staff to participate, and because of the reduced effort from the external implementation team, you can significantly reduce your services bill.
By Malcolm Roach, CEO of Open Door Technology Inc., a Microsoft Gold-certified ERP Implementation partner specializing in Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Dynamics CRM.