While recently eating lunch with our owner and president, Chris Gherardini, he told me a story from his teenage years spent as a lifeguard and swimming instructor.
Not long after, I was sitting in on a planning session for a new client’s Microsoft Dynamics GP implementation. As Chris was describing the benefits of a phased rollout plan and something in my mind clicked:
ERP implementations are like swimming lessons. Metaphorically, of course.
Sink or Swim: The Part/Whole Approach
Do you remember learning how to swim? If so, you may remember that it took a combination of determination, quite a bit of confidence, and most importantly, a part/whole approach.
You wouldn’t jump into the deep end of a pool without first mastering how to swim (at least, we hope not), and the same goes for launching your new ERP solution. It’s important to learn each component before making the leap to go-live.
Just as you must first learned to kick, paddle, then hold your breath underwater, successful ERP implementations follow this part/whole approach with a phased rollout plan. Learn and implement each component individually before moving onto the next. When you’re ready, combine them and drive results.
We have helped numerous businesses recover from their previous ERP implementations when their ambitions exceeded their abilities. It is in these scenarios that a phased rollout proves itself as the best option.
A Milestone for Businesses
As children learn important life skills such as crawling, walking, talking and running, most eventually reach the milestone of learning how to swim. As small to midsize businesses grow, they too hit similarly important milestones: the adoption of newer, better technologies, like enterprise resource planning (ERP).
As an ERP implementation partner, we teach businesses using entry-level accounting software the all-important step of learning how to swim, and how to do it well. We teach them to kick, paddle and stay afloat so they, too, can navigate the deeper waters of a bigger, better business environment.
Swimming Lessons for Your Business
When your business is ready to learn its next life skill, consider us for your ERP implementation partner. We have a 100% completion rate on all ERP implementations and hundreds of happy clients.
The success of your business determines the success of ours. We emphasize a unique focus on user adoption throughout all implementations to ensure you achieve the results you planned for.
Is your business ready for ERP? Download the free white paper, 15 Red Flags: Is your Accounting Software Hurting Your Business? It was written to help companies like yours identify the right time to make the switch from entry-level accounting software to ERP.