Acumatica’s FastTrack Implementation: Too Good to be True?

Crestwood and Acumatica FastTrack

Around Summit last year, Acumatica announced a new implementation method called “FastTrack Deployment.” It was designed as a means of speedily getting a business up and running on the new system, using a series of pre-defined settings in the various modules – all at a fixed fee (more on this later).

To paraphrase Todd Kuhns of Acumatica: “do you want to go back and forth for six months discussing your Chart of Accounts? Or do you want to be entering transactions 30 days from now?” This sounds fascinating, and there have been countless successful implementations. But let’s look at some more details.

Pros of Acumatica FastTrack

The idea behind FastTrack is to have a low-cost, low-risk deployment. You can start with what you need now, then build, scale, and add features as needed. The goals of a FastTrack Implementation are:

  • Faster Time to Productivity (TTP)
    • Minimal downtime for your team.
  • Lower Cost to Entry (CTE)
    • The latest software without the massive up-front costs.
  • Sooner Time to Value (TTV)
    • The benefits of the software are evident as soon as possible.
  • Increased Return-on-Investment (ROI)

The target project plan duration varies between 50 days (for financial modules only) to 90 days (for Construction edition). In preliminary case studies, the implementations actually were even faster than those blazing speeds and were under the projected budget and project hours. FastTrack absolutely delivers.

Cons of Acumatica FastTrack

The caveat that our team has encountered is that FastTrack won’t work for everyone. Because this is an “out-of-the-box” type solution, many companies with complex needs won’t be able to use it. There are many features that make Acumatica so awesome, and some are unavailable to FastTrack deployments. Features can ALWAYS be added later, which is another Acumatica benefit, but then it’s no longer that fixed fee, tight timeline deployment.

So is FastTrack too good to be true?

NO! FastTrack is the real deal. Acumatica really knocked it out of the park with this, and our consultants have already gotten their hands in it and identified some best practices using our OWN unique implementation guidelines (the Crestwood difference, we say!) However, it may not be the perfect fit for YOU.

Next Step: Get the Checklist!

The only way to know for sure if FastTrack is right for you is to reach out to us at [email protected]. We have an internal checklist that will let you know if you’re a good candidate for FastTrack.

That checklist is important – because someone else may still sell you FastTrack…

…and then go-live will come around, and your business can find itself underserved, or paying way more for additional customizations and support. We’ve seen it happen – a lot. We pride ourselves on finding the best solution for you – our team would never recommend anything too large just to pad the sale, and we wouldn’t let you buy something too small that won’t serve your needs.

 

 

 

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