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FIND OUT HOW TO MIGRATE FROM LEGACY TO CLOUD WITHOUT A HITCH AS A AUSSIE BUSINESS
When hunting for information on cloud ERP in Australia the sheer amount of resources that come up can be overwhelming.
Everyone seems to have their own definition of ERP, and one ERP implementation can vary widely from the next. These differences, however, underscore the flexibility that can make cloud systems such a powerful tool.
We know the compounding issues caused by operating on a platform that was never intended for a business to grow. At Ogg we know about change and how you probably feel about embarking on this transformation as a Australian Business. That’s why you’re in good hands with this guide.
In this piece we explain how to approach a cloud based ERP implementation.
How to overcome data migration
It’s important to note once that we work mostly with NetSuite but what we discuss here should apply to most integrations.
You can import your data through Comma Separated Value (CSV) files or integrate it with other systems and bring data through the cloud.
A solutions partner can provide templates for these imports to make this step a whole lot easier. Data imports don’t have to be a one-time thing either, if you have data that needs updating regularly, this can also be achieved using the same methods.
Here are the key steps of the process:
Step 1: Extraction, Consolidation and Cleansing – Solutions partners will provide the customer with CSV templates early in the implementation phase for each data type to be migrated and will advise the customer on best practices for data consolidation.
Step 2: Test Loads into NetSuite – You’ll need to ensure data accuracy and integrity by performing a test load for each record type using sample records (sample typically comprise of 10% of expected production data volume or 300 records, whichever is less).
Step 3: Validate data migration sources – As previously mentioned, garbage in, garbage out. You need to ensure that only the data you need goes into your cloud system. That’s why you should go through each data point to ensure it is required and makes sense to import.
Risks to keep in mind before going live
During any major project there will be unanticipated roadblocks and landmines. These could impact your implementation process in the long run if not properly addressed. One example is if employees depend on a particular tool that was incorrectly designed, or face impacts that were never anticipated or accounted for, they may revert to wasteful workarounds to cope in the new environment. If there are no workarounds efforts might be stopped completely, which in turn means that company time and resources are going to waste.
So now that you understand why it’s so important to address these issues lets go over some key things to keep in mind:
Be sure to prepare all users for potential roadblocks – Let end-users know that there will be some issues and that the project team is equipped to deal with any challenges. There is no such thing as a perfect launch, making sure that all expectations are managed minimises the ‘shock’ impact of any surprise roadblocks.
Feedback is essential – Having efficient and open feedback channels allow you to stay on top of any issues as they arise, this minimises the time it takes to find a fix. This also lets users know that they are heard and that a fix is a top priority, rather than them stumbling in the dark believing the worst.
Continuous improvement is the key to success – Identifying any potential areas of improvement before any issues arise is one way to ensure that your team is prepared in the case of a roadblock. Moreover, this means that systems can be patched before an issue even arises.
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