Optimize Your Microsoft Dynamics SL Deployment With a Business Process Analysis

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If you're thinking about deploying Microsoft Dynamics SL, the enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution designed for project-driven organizations, you would do well to incorporate a business process analysis as part of your implementation planning. A business process analysis, as the name suggests, is an analysis of your business processes in an effort to improve them by increasing efficiency and streamlining workflows. An ERP solution can save you a lot of time and money, but so can improved business processes. Put the two together and you've got the real magic.

Panorama Consulting Solutions recently released their 2014 ERP report. The report is based on a survey of 192 representatives of variously-sized organizations who have worked on ERP initiatives in the past year. A majority of respondents (70%) reported being satisfied with their ERP software, but the survey also showed some ERP implementation pains. 54% of ERP projects went over budget, 72% took longer to implement than planned, and 66% report receiving less than 50% of the measurable benefits they had expected from their ERP solutions. But the report also shows that the majority of respondents paid relatively little attention to organizational change and business process management as part of their implementation, which may explain the pains.

If you upgrade from a screwdriver to an electric drill, would you use the drill in exactly the way you used the screwdriver? No, that would be silly. Similarly, if you deploy Microsoft Dynamics SL to become more efficient, you're unlikely to maximize the value of your new solution without also improving your business processes to match your new shiny tools.
Business process analysis and Microsoft Dynamics SL deployment should go hand in hand. It decreases the risk of implementation pains and gives you a more accurate view of the tangible benefits you can expect from deployment.

MIG & Co. is a professional consulting firm that specializes in the implementation of business management software solutions, including Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Dynamics SL, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM. We automate business processes to ensure that our customers work efficiently. MIG is a Microsoft Dynamics Gold Certified Partner.

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