Risk is part of living, whether we’re doing business or not. But sometimes benefits outweigh the risks implicated and that’s certainly the case with Microsoft Dynamics.
Whenever a major change to your software environment is required, there’s going to be a certain element of risk. But you can reduce risk when implementing Microsoft Dynamics by taking some preventative measures.
In the end, you’ll have an integrated system that elevates your enterprise’s data to a fine art of accuracy and accessibility.
Get buy in.
Well before implementation, you should be getting buy in from your employees. They’re the people who will be using Microsoft Dynamics, so getting them involved in the early days of the project is crucial.
Involve them in implementation, offering ample opportunity for them to familiarize themselves with the system and what it does. Staff training sessions and consultations are a key support to successful implementation.
A team of staff members who are committed to the power of Microsoft Dynamics is the heart of the project. Led by a strong project manager, this group provides eyes and ears on implementation.
This group must be led by someone in your organization with a keen understanding of existing systems, where they fall down and how Microsoft Dynamics improves on them. Also essential is that the team lead have a thorough understanding of all business functions governed by the system.
Clear, realistic goals.
Another way to reduce risk when implementing Microsoft Dynamics is to set goals which are clear and realistic. Implementation is a process, not a horse race, so be honest about what’s expected, but moderate in your demands.
Keeping a hand on the process is your implementation team and its leader, but to ensure the total success of implementation, adequate resources must be allocated to support it. Build responsiveness to team needs into your project and empower this group to get the job done well.
Encourage the use of a critical path outlining deadlines and responsibilities, to ensure that team members are accountable to one another and moving as a unit toward the goal of seamless implementation.
Weekly reporting and transparency.
Weekly reporting from the implementation group ensures accountability up the food chain, while not impacting the autonomy of the group. This information can be shared with staff intermittently, to ensure a sense of ownership of the new system which ties directly into staff buy in. The more transparent you are about implementation and its progress, the more invested in it your employees will feel.
The course of software implementation rarely runs entirely smoothly, so you can anticipate snags and hiccups along the way. But your team will consist of people smart enough to roll over those and learn from them.
Of course, smart business leaders call on CEM Business Solutions to drive the process. As one of the fastest growing IT company, we help you reduce risk while implementing Microsoft Dynamics.
CEM Business Solutions was established in 2003 to support companies seeking a competitive edge, offering seamless Microsoft Dynamics implementation.
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