Many companies want to speed up their ERP implementation timeline. They may be late getting to an ERP project, or late kicking it off, and suddenly feel like the clock is ticking. A good project manager can help you find places in the timeline where you may be able to shave off a day here or there, but there’s one thing you should never sacrifice for the sake of speed: testing. Companies have found out the hard way that sacrificing testing can lead to big problems.
What Is Testing?
During an ERP implementation project, the team running it usually sets goals, interviews vendors, and chooses software and vendors based on company needs. Depending on how complex the project is, several modules may need to be tied together with the new ERP system. Data from older systems may need to be transferred into the new system. Companies may also request custom dashboards or reporting for special needs.
Each of these situations requires some additional time and work from the vendor installing the ERP system. When the phase is complete, the vendor tests the changes to make sure that the system works as expected. This is called testing.
The testing phase is an important part of an ERP project. Testing can identity issues with data clarity or management, data feeding into reports, or other issues, especially around customization. While Sage software is very stable and reliable, customization should always be tested to ensure it is running perfectly.
Speed and Accuracy
When you work with a known software solution such as Sage 300, you have the advantage of having both a speedy installation and an accurate, proven software. Although each project may differ, an experienced software consulting firm such as BAASS can spot potential problems, offer solutions, and test them thoroughly to ensure a smooth rollout of your project. Speed and accuracy can go hand in hand with the right company by your side.
Companies who sacrifice testing for speed often find themselves with bigger problems than they anticipated. It’s always smart to test any new software, but especially software that has had customization to it or software that must interact with different programs and platforms. Testing is an important part of any implementation project.
Avoiding the Speed Trap
One way to avoid the “we need to get it done yesterday” trap is to make sure you schedule ERP implementation for a slower time in your business cycle. By scheduling ERP implementation for a time when people aren’t distracted or when systems aren’t under constant use, you’ll have more leeway for testing. It takes some of the pressure from everyone involved in the project.
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