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!


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