What We Can Learn From Successful Microsoft Dynamics GP Implementations

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A while back, I came across an article published by Panorama Consulting Solutions about the lessons we can learn from successful ERP implementations.  It was a message I took to heart.  Not just because of the specifics they shared about their client, but also because of what I call the “meta-message.”  And that is, if it’s not broken don’t fix it. 

Here at Altico Advisors we have an implementation methodology that works.  We call it the Altico Advantage.  And while we still need to be flexible in the execution of that methodology, because every Microsoft Dynamics GP implementation can be different, we don’t want to stray too far from the parts that consistently spell success.  And they do.  Time after time. 

Since I’m a fan of short blog posts for busy people with limited time in their often long work days, I won’t elaborate on the details of the Panorama article.  But here are the highlights in the form of the top four lessons learned:

  1. Focus on organizational change management
  2. Ensure effective project controls and scope management
  3. Focus on business processes and workflows
  4. Go live is not the finish line

Getting back to the Altico Advisors methodology, it doesn’t start or end with the deployment.  It starts with a business process review as the foundation for the project plan.  And it continues well after the go live date with training, support, ongoing maintenance, and periodic reviews of the client’s long-term goals to continuously optimize the solution. 

There’s nothing better than a satisfied client.

By Karen Jernstrom, Altico Advisors, Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner for Manufacturing and Distribution serving New Hampshire (NH)

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