Sink or Swim: Why a Phased Rollout for ERP Implementation is Best

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Phased Rollout for ERP Implementation

While recently eating lunch with our owner and president, Chris Gherardini, he told me a story from his teenage years spent as a lifeguard and swimming instructor.

Not long after, I was sitting in on a planning session for a client’s Microsoft Dynamics GP implementation. As Chris was describing the benefits of a phased rollout plan something in my mind clicked:

ERP implementations are like swimming lessons. Metaphorically, of course.

Sink or Swim: The Part/Whole Approach

Do you remember learning how to swim? If so, you may remember that it took a combination of determination, quite a bit of confidence, and most importantly, a part/whole approach.

You wouldn’t jump into the deep end of a pool without first mastering how to swim (at least, we hope not), and the same goes for launching your new ERP solution. It’s important to learn each component before making the leap to go-live.

Just as you first learned to kick, paddle, then hold your breath underwater, successful ERP implementations follow this part/whole approach with a phased rollout plan. Learn and implement each component individually before moving on to the next. When you’re ready, combine them and drive results.

We have helped numerous businesses recover from their previous ERP implementations when their ambitions exceeded their abilities. It is in these scenarios that a phased rollout proves itself as the best option.

A Milestone for Businesses

As children learn important life skills such as crawling, walking, talking and running, most eventually reach the milestone of learning how to swim. As small to midsize businesses grow, they too hit similarly important milestones: the adoption of newer, better technologies, like enterprise resource planning (ERP).

As an ERP implementation partner, we teach businesses using entry-level accounting software the all-important step of learning how to swim, and how to do it well. We teach them to kick, paddle and stay afloat so they, too, can navigate the deeper waters of a bigger, better business environment.

Swimming Lessons for Your Business

When your business is ready to learn its next life skill, consider us for your ERP implementation partner.

The success of your business determines the success of ours. We emphasize a unique focus on user adoption throughout all implementations to ensure you achieve the results you planned for. Let us help you take your business to the next step.


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By Turnkey Technologies, Inc. - Microsoft Gold Certified Dynamics ERP and Dynamics CRM Partner of Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma and North Texas.

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