With any major software implementation, you are changing the entire operation of the company and everyone’s responsibilities. And if it’s not done correctly, you can create costly disruptions to your business, as well as have major budget over-runs and longer than planned implementations. International IT studies show that 50% of all major IT projects are not implemented on-time or within budget.
Assuming you have done a thorough systems selection job and have procured the right system for your business (for more on this, see the July 2010 article “12 Mistakes to Avoid in Systems Selection”), you now have to map out the critical issues for an implementation. Paying close attention to these seven factors will help make your project a success.
On the following pages, I bring you the 7 steps you need to take for successful systems implementation.