ERP implementations can be extremely stressful, but you need to know what to expect going into one.  That’s why we’ve put together this blog post of the 6 Steps of a Successful ERP Implementations as told by dog memes.  Hopefully, we can take some of the stress out of the process while still providing the information you need moving forward.

These 6 steps represent the methodology and milestones of an ERP implementation with ACC Software Solutions.  Selecting an ERP system that meets your specific business requirements will help to facilitate a smooth implementation.  However, choosing the right system is only half the battle.  A well designed, strategic implementation is the key to success.

1. Project Start – Discovery And Planning

The first phase of an ERP implementation begins during the sales process and continues post-sales.  An internal transition occurs between your account manager, the professional services consultant and project manager to discuss the scope of the upcoming implementation.  The project team will be created, an initial discovery meeting and procedure review will enable the team to identify current issues and potential solutions.

Your implementation team then meets with you in a kickoff meeting to discuss the project implementation and review your time and attendance rules and policies.  Together, we create a strategic plan which will guide the rest of the project.

2. Setup, Configuration And Data Collection

Based on the kickoff meeting, ACC begins setup and configuration of your system.  We host web meetings to review progress and gather additional information.  After configuration is complete, ACC provides a final pre-installation meeting to review configuration, discuss employee security, and map out the plan for the post-installation pilot group testing.  ACC then installs the preconfigured application.  Once the installation is complete, ACC works with your pilot group to begin collecting data to be used for training.  Data should be analyzed to determine which information should be converted and define new data that needs to be collected.

3. Training

A full day of training is provided for your system administrator(s) first.  Supervisor training follows next and may be broken into multiple sessions over 1-2 days per module – depending on the number of supervisors you would like to train.  Typically supervisor training includes a “train-the-trainer” component to prepare managers to provide direct end-user (employee) training, but you may also choose for ACC to provide end-user training.

4. Testing

ACC tries to reduce the amount of parallel testing period required, but generally, two parallel periods should be expected.  The first testing period is typically for optimization of rules, security, and policy calculations.  The second (if needed), is to ensure all staff is fully trained and ready for finalization of the solution.  After testing is complete, your solution is live.

5. Project Completion – Go Live & Evaluation

ACC takes pride in its implementations.  We confirm we have met your business objectives, review the implementation process, and gain your feedback.  We also introduce you to the customer support team that will assist you and your organization with all your support-related items going forward.

6. Continued Support

Over time, the way users work within the system will evolve and adjustments will need to be made to the system configuration.  Our award-winning support team is always available to take your call.

If you’re ready to start your ERP journey, contact us today!


Solutions by Industry

What's New

The 5 Most Common ERP Objections

Making the decision to upgrade from a basic accounting software to a robust ERP system can come with challenges. Not everyone will be on board or open to the idea of change. Throughout our years in practice, we have found the following common objections to adopting a new software.  Read More

Submitted by Ally Donahue on Fri, 01/22/21 - 11:33

ERP Hierarchy of Needs

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs a psychological concept that people are willing to fulfill basic needs before pursuing higher level needs. This theory was created in 1943 by Abraham Maslow. The five levels, physiological, safety, connection, esteem, and self-actualization are all components of what humans need. Just like we need these basic necessities, so does a company when implementing a new ERP system. All five levels in an ERP sense are vital to future system success. Below you will find a creative infographic highlighting the similarities of each human need to each ERP need. Read More

Submitted by Ally Donahue on Fri, 01/15/21 - 12:36

Why an ERP System Isn’t “One Size Fits All”

Have you seen the phrase, “One Size Fits All”, marked on different types of clothing? Most items labeled as such usually are very plain and have a standard size to accommodate most. Of course there are outliers and truly not everyone can fit in a one sized option. This is also true of  ERP systems; they cannot be “One Size Fits All” due to complexities. Read More

Submitted by Ally Donahue on Fri, 01/08/21 - 10:27

Whatever Your ERP Needs, We Have the Solution!

Or call us for a free consultation 866-379-3799