There are many aspects to an enterprise resource planning implementation that companies have to consider in order for it to be successful. For some, there are often issues with the planning process that have to be addressed. Picking the software, including one as powerful as Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015, is a point of contention. Still another issue that companies try to address as soon as possible is the development of a change management policy that addresses employee and manager concerns. However, one of the most important aspects of transitioning to the new ERP software is what kind of launch the company intends to have.

Going big and fast, or slow and steady
In terms of actual software installation and going live, there are two strategies that are used either separately or together in some fashion. These two vary significantly in terms of the time frame of the implementation and go-live date, as well as the scope of the transition. The first strategy is known as the "big bang" simultaneous roll-out. With this situation, while a significant amount of time is spent planning for the proceedings, the end result is that the installation occurs over a short period of time and every member of the company switches to the new software when it goes live on a given date. The sudden switchover means that the old system is not necessary after the hand-off is completed.

The other strategy is known as the "phased roll-out" approach. In this situation, the implementation takes longer and different departments are moved onto the software on different dates. Planning occurs differently in this situation, with the old system still being active and allowing users to still have access to it until the company has completely transitioned. There are multiple steps in the process, each phase either representing a department that moves on, or hardware and software that have to be installed for the former to happen.

There are a lot of benefits going for both big bang and phased roll-out installations in their own ways. For the first approach, businesses can be quickly done with the installation over time. Rather than waiting for the company to complete, it's all done in one go. In the latter method, there is more time to tweak and test different aspects of the software. If the company has operations that extend outside of headquarters through satellite offices, they can also use the phased approach to test out the new software with limited risk. What strategy a company chooses should be based on their needs and business model.

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