How to address implementation issues before they become problems

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There is a lot that goes into any Microsoft Dynamics implementation. It doesn't matter the size of the company or the vertical, because ERP solutions like Dynamics NAV often encompass the entirety of a business, from inventory to accounting to production. As a result, there tends to be a lot of ground to cover involving various staff members and departments. It can be very easy to miss something that can weaken the entire integration process. A smart company should go out of its way to find out these problems before they become real issues that affect business after the installation is completed.

When things are too much
The amount of information that is thrown into presenting a single ERP solution can be extreme. There are a lot of different processes to address with the system, so it's ideal that selection teams and sales representatives cover everything. However, at the same time, they don't necessarily need to cover as much as they can, according to ERP Focus. That can lead to information overload, which allows certain important aspects to be either glossed over, skipped or forgotten.

Such minor misses can lead to unforeseen consequences in the long term. In order to minimize the impact of too much data, ERP selection teams should plan to list out the problems that they want to address with the new solution and speak to the vendor so as to address these concerns.

Additionally, there is the concern that a solution may require too many add-ons to work with the company business model. Certainly a few modules, such as those associated with mobile WMS for manufacturers, can be a great help. But if a manufacturer needs a module or two for every single department, that may result in additional costs being too much to make the solution worth it. It's important to ask if certain processes can be integrated into the solution without additional NAV modules.

More importantly, though, an ERP solution shouldn't be seen as a system that runs end-to-end operations throughout the entire business, as suggests. ERP can address many things in a company and it covers a lot of important aspects. However, it can't completely automate the entire business process, nor can it deal with certain aspects such as production and actual shipment. Companies should focus on the problems they want addressed, and if ERP can't fix it, they should make them secondary objectives.

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