If you implement Microsoft Dynamics NAV, it can mean change all across your business, and it will all be positive. We’ve handled the implementation of Microsoft Dynamics NAV for many different companies, each with their own circumstances, so we’ve pulled from our broad experience to assemble the following 8 tips.


1) Define Your Criteria For Success Clearly:

Decide what your key criteria for a successful implementation are, define them clearly, and then document it. Ask yourself just which items need to happen. This could be things like enjoying full visibility of all the information you send to and receive from a supplier or just reducing stock take variances to less than 10 percent. Think about what would be right for your own business and then document it.


2) Block Out Time For Key Users To Work On This Project:

Be sure that your key users actually commit the necessary time to this project. If it’s not factored in from the start, those users will just stick with their regular roles and not find time to successfully finish this project. On average, you should allocate them 15 up to 20 additional project days over the span of 4 to 6 months.


3) Be Sure Your IT Partner Understands Your Business:

The team that your IT partner puts together for you needs to know your business. Confirm that potential team members really comprehend the processes and lingo of your business. Lacking understanding is going to wind up with you having a substandard implementation. Your IT partner will also have a shortage of credibility with your users.


4) Know Your Solutions Before Changing Things:

Microsoft Dynamics NAV has a lot of your needed functionality right out of the box, but only if your users actually know how to use it. Insist that key users get training on core functionality prior to a gap analysis. This is the only way to making the most of the software while avoiding expensive and unnecessary development.

5) Involve Staff Who Know The Most And Have Influence:

Be sure that anyone on your staff is the most influential and knowledgeable is involved. Be sure that everyone in your business understands the thinking behind making changes. A good communication plan tells your entire company what they should expect and when they should expect it and then provide them necessary updates along the way.

6) Be Ready For The Unexpected:

No matter how well you plan things out or how great your IT partner is, some things will come up that no one sees coming. Build time for contingencies into your schedule. If you plan to go live multiple weeks in advance of what you really need, you’ll still get to go live when you need to even if the unexpected hits you.

7) Maintain Your Focus:

Once the scope of the project is defined, be sure that you stick with it. That can only happen if you choose an IT partner with great project management. Dynamics NAV is infinitely flexible to keep up with the demands of your users. Be sure that everyone involved understands the 80:20 rule and consider it every time a change is requested.


8) One Thing At A Time:

If you have complicated requirements, then you should consider a phased approach. Doing this means your project can get broken down into manageable steps. A sequence of small phases going live quickly helps the project team feel successful, building confidence and momentum.

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