How to Implement a New ERP System Remotely

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Social-distancing measures and remote work have disrupted many businesses and organizations. If you had an ERP implementation planned or even started, don’t let remote work get in your way. You may still be able to complete the implementation even with your provider and employees working from home, although it may require some adaptation if your organization is operating remotely for the first time.

Here is what you might expect with a remote implementation:

  • From a technical point of view, an implementation can be completed remotely without much difference or impact on the process. The connection methods that your provider will use to get into your system remain the same, whether it’s through a VPN or other method. You might in fact find your costs reduced, as you will not have to pay fees related to travel, and it might be easier to schedule meetings and sessions since they no longer have to take place in person.
  • If the system you’re implementing is cloud-based, like Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, then the process remains the same, since access is user-based and not linked to any specific location. Moreover, several peripheral products and specific solutions offered by Microsoft, for example the Microsoft Office 365 suite of productivity tools and Microsoft Power BI, are already cloud-based and available from anywhere, facilitating their adoption within your organization.
  • Face-to-face interactions can be more efficient under pressure, but videoconferences are a good alternative. Not only does this mode of communication inject a bit more life during times of self-isolation, it’s readily available through Microsoft productivity tools such as Teams and Skype. As remote meetings become the norm and organizations become more and more used to it, distance is becoming less of a barrier.

If your implementation plans are being disrupted by the current crisis, don’t hesitate to ask your provider what options are available to you. In all likelihood you will be able to proceed as planned, and the tools you will be using to complete the implementation can also be adopted within your organization to facilitate a variety of daily processes and activities.

By JOVACO Solutions, Microsoft Dynamics ERP implementation specialist in Quebec

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