Over the years we have been asked to deploy solutions as rapidly as possible. Sometimes there are genuine reasons where a rapid deployment makes sense, such as products going out of support, acquisitions, market pressures, or other reasons. Time and again we have proven that rapid deployments can be done successfully, but it requires the right solution, team, and leadership.
Here are five tips to ensure an accelerated and smooth journey:
Choose the right solution for the business need.
Many ERP products come with rapid deployment methodologies, but few come with prebuilt configurations and tools to enable and support a fast implementation.
Infor products come with Implementation Accelerators (IAs) which contain:
Selecting the right ERP and leveraging implementation accelerators allows for a head start and is a huge advantage to getting a project started.
Select the right team.
Essential for the project success, from a systems implementor standpoint, is having the right team, industry knowledge leadership, and drive are key.
From the customer perspective, leadership and support predict the likelihood of success, especially a willingness to let go of old baggage, see what the new world will look like, and embrace change. Knowledgeable business process owners, subject matter experts, and IT teams are all key to transformation.
I’m a huge supporter of advisory services that can support the customer, cut through the noise, and retain focus on the critical areas. Advisory services with specific experience in ERP deployments are key.
Have a vision for success.
Understanding and acceptance and working towards the same goal with a shared vision for success is another key to successful implementations.
Fast deployments are not by choice, and sometimes hard decisions need to be made and accepted.
I learnt from one of the excellent advisory services I worked with to focus on the minimum viable product (MVP). This is a product with enough features to attract early-adopter customers and validate a product early in the product delivery cycle. Always question what is the minimum we need to go-live and operate successfully.
Standardise as much as possible.
This is where organizations needs strong leadership. Standardise as much as possible, and use simple formats for internal outputs, one invoice template with additional fields for specific statutory requirements and understand where a legal requirement is in place to avoid the trap of doing something because it’s always been the way it’s been done.
Focus on data and use the opportunity to use the five S’s:
Leverage the knowledge of your system integrator to understand what other organizations are doing and look for quick wins to simplify processes.
Choose the right deployment method.
There are many ways to deploy a solution:
The key is to understand the vision and focus on achieving those goals.