The Importance of Test Environments for Optimizing ERP Solutions

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Also known as a sandbox environment, the test environment is one of several elements that help with the optimization of a new business management system. It’s a parallel environment that makes it possible to test configurations for new applications, modules, and data migrations and imports and to train users without compromising the organization’s actual data or interrupting its operations. While it may add to the cost and timeline of the implementation project, in the long run it can lead to substantial savings both in terms of money and time by avoiding issues and unforeseen circumstances.

As such, the test environments for optimizing ERP solutions should be part of the planning for any implementation project. It’s crucial for large businesses, new clients – whose IT installations the partner may not yet be familiar with – or the implementation of any module that does not fall under basic finances, such as distribution or project management. Once the implementation has been completed and the management solution operational, the test environment should be maintained as it can then be used again for any future test or implementation.

Afterwards, it can also greatly facilitate user training in preparation to the launch of a new solution or when hiring new employees. This way, resources can become familiar with the new system, processes or modules that are about to be implemented within the organization. Even if the learning curve is steep or long, they can learn at their own pace without affecting or slowing down the regular operations of the organization.

The test environment will also be of great use during migrations for the solution. Indeed, this step is crucial in the evolution of the system and can have a large impact on operations if not executed or coordinated properly. The test environment makes it possible to better identify any issues that may come up during the migration, and therefore to have solutions ready for the actual migration to the production environment.


In short, test environments for optimizing ERP solutions protects data and operations during migrations or implementations, curbs costs and delays by highlighting potential issues and ensuring that solutions are ready, and facilitates user training. It’s an essential element of any business management system, ensuring that it is operational before being implemented and modified in the production environment, whether deployed on premise or in the cloud. As several scenarios can be considered for the implementation of a test environment, consult our experts to know what would be most suited to your organization’s reality and needs.

To learn more about the other factors ensuring the success of an implementation project, read our articles on the importance of teamwork and planning and change management for any ERP software implementation.

By JOVACO Solutions, Microsoft Dynamics GP integration specialist in Quebec

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