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Implementing Software Hosted In The Cloud

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By Peter Munnerlyn

Software implementation of any sort can be daunting.

Over the years, we’ve developed some keys to success and as it turns out, these principles have saved us many headaches down the road.

  1. Understand your needs! – This is the first step in any successful software implementation.  We have solutions to meet the needs of many industries and lines of business.  Understanding which solution suits your business best makes all the difference in the outcome of your project.  We’ve learned to take our time, learn your business and build our plan from the ground up.
  2. Build your infrastructure! – Ensuring the solution is running in an environment that meets the needs of your user-base is key.  If Step 1 includes the addition of new features, then a testing environment separate from the production environment is suggested.  We’ll help you make the best decisions along the way!
  3. Is Management committed? – Often, we talk about top-down commitment in our initial project meetings and this is quite crucial to success of your project.  When we say “committed,” we mean: Is management willing to push the users to accept the system as their operating environment?  Allowing low-level users to drive a project can provide useful knowledge; however, allowing these users to make all decisions can have an undesired affect.  Appointing key departmental decision-makers is critical to your company’s success.
  4. Don’t get stuck in the past! – Doing things in the same manner, “…because that’s how it’s always been done,” is something we’re all guilty of from time-to-time.  When implementing software for your company a fresh approach to operating is always a plus.  Be open-minded.  Think outside the box.  Allow your project manager to present ideas that may change the way you operate for the better.  In many cases you will find, CHANGE IS GOOD!

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