Bringing new technologies, products, and processes to an organization successfully takes more than installing new software or copying files to a cloud-based server. Without planning, expertise, and attention to organizational impacts, initiatives like moving to modern ERP platforms, introducing a modern business intelligence environment, or transitioning to a cloud- based business can founder and take longer, cost more, and produce poorer results then anticipated. Globus Systems can help you plan and implement these transitions to minimize costs and maximize returns while helping your organization move to the next level.
Moving to new platforms for business operations bring a set of challenges that organizations may not have faced previously. Some of the most common areas that require care in planning and implementation:
- Can data be readily accessed from existing systems to be transferred to new platforms? Is the data accurate?
- Can data from different systems be combined, or must data elements be transformed to be consistent and related correctly?
- If data is to be exposed to a wider audience, can it be secured properly to assure that only authorized users can view specific data elements?
- Does the new system require that existing business processes be changed and improved in order to receive the largest benefit?
- Are existing processes manual and/or based on spreadsheet manipulation? Are these processes documented?
- Can existing processes be logically mapped to the processes being implemented by the new system?
- Will the new systems be exposed operational data to new audiences, such as partners or the general public? Is there a plan and systems in place to protect against data exposure and system penetration?
- Can existing authentication mechanisms such as Active Directory sufficient for authorizing access to systems and data, or are more robust system required?
Integration of new systems and ways of doing business into an organization can be just as important as the technical integration activities to make sure that the full value of the changes is being recognized.
- Technical Resources
- Does the existing IT staff have the requisite skill set and bandwidth to implement the new systems?
- Is there a plan for technical training and role changes to support the new infrastructure when it is in place?
- Subject matter expertise
- Are the subject matter experts that are needed for understanding business processes and current systems available during the planning and implementation, and do they understand and support the overall goals of the project?
- Is there a plan for developing and documenting the new expertise that will needed for the new systems?
- User training and adoption
- Is there executive support and leadership for the changes, and are the business benefits being clearly communicated
- Are key users involved during the implementation and testing process?
- Are there metrics and measurement processes in place to determine the degree of adoption of new systems across the organization, and to determine the ongoing returns from the changes?