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Iris Schimke, Express Information Systems (Texas Microsoft Dynamics Partner)

How to Plan for Microsoft Dynamics GP Implementation

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An ERP implementation is one of the most difficult challenges a company can weather together. Keeping the process on-schedule and under-budget can be challenging, but it is possible. Follow these steps to ensure a greater chance of success during your Microsoft Dynamics GP implementation and to avoid the top ERP software problems.

Build A Strong Team

A successful ERP implementation team consists of your strongest players. They are people who understand the status quo but are able to manage change. In addition, they should be able to make the hard decisions and mobilize team members. Once you have assessed all of the necessary players, align and engage them early on to send the project off on the right foot.

Plan Carefully

Failing to plan adequately is one of the most common pitfalls of an Microsoft Dynamics GP implementation. Understanding all of the resources needed before moving forward on a implementation is essential. Work with an ERP implementation expert to define and break up goals in realistic phases so for the utmost effectiveness. Your plan should be backed up with solid processes and procedures to ensure efficiency and keep the task on-point.

Set Clear Expectations

Always ensure that benchmarks are communicated clearly to your team, then celebrated once achieved. Keep in mind that the more specific and detailed you can be with your goals, the more likely you will be able to prevent scope creep. At the same time, keep your plan flexible enough to be able to adapt to challenges that unfold during the project.

Provide Adequate Training

Hands-on participation early on is key for team members when undergoing a Microsoft Dynamics GP implementation. Ensure that your team has all of the resources necessary for a proper implementation and that there is a clear path of action if there is something additional that they need to become successful. By arming your team with the right tools to succeed, they will be far more likely to embrace their new tools.

What questions do you have about implementing Microsoft Dynamics GP? Reach out to Express Information Systems for answers.

Iris Schimke is CEO of Express Information Systems, a Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner in Texas.

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