Data Migration and ERP Implementations: Do Not Be Afraid

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You’ve undoubtedly heard the horror stories of botched data migration and the disastrous effects it can have on ERP implementations.  Some businesses are so terrified of the process that they remain prisoners to their ill-fitting, work-around accounting software, when what they need is an integrated business management solution.

Data migration doesn’t have to be a nightmare, though.  With careful selection of your ERP implementation partner, strategic data migration can ensure the smooth transfer of information from your legacy software to your new system.  Following are ways to optimize the data migration process.

  1. Assign roles and resources - Data migration is a sizable undertaking, even for small companies.  Make sure you have dedicated the time and staff to see it through from start to finish.
  2. Identify data for migration - Not all of your organization’s data is critical.  Focus only on master record data, such as customers, products, and key account information.  Transactional data will only get in the way.
  3. Structure your new system - With your business’s requirements in mind, configure your new system accordingly.  Your ERP implementation partner will guide you through this process.
  4. Export and import data - Take it out and put it in.  Keep in mind that some data may require reformatting prior to importing.  Data quality is a determining factor, here, so check for any inconsistencies or errors.
  5. Test, test, test - Hidden glitches and quirks must be discovered before your ERP software is up and running.  Test, test again, and then run a few more tests.  You’ll be thankful you did.

Data migration, when given the focus, resources, and testing it deserves, can pave the way to an efficient, productive, and profitable business management software solution.  Contact Brittenford Systems if you’d like to learn more about Microsoft Dynamics solutions and how we can help you migrate your data smoothly and painlessly.

Contact Brian Dietz to discuss data migration.  Don’t let it hold you back.

by Brittenford, West Virginia Microsoft Dynamics GP Partner

2 thoughts on “Data Migration and ERP Implementations: Do Not Be Afraid”

  1. Business finance and accounting software aid in making important company decisions that can affect long term success. That’s why it’s imperative to choose the right solution. The needs of a small business and large business vary greatly when it comes to accounting software. A company needs to trust that their solution is providing them with the most recent and accurate data at all times.

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