Here Are 3 Ways to Get Your Team Looking Forward to New ERP Software

Posted on: July 24, 2015 | By: Jim Bertler | Microsoft Dynamics GP

So you've made the decision to go ahead and add a new ERP system into the mix, but how to do you break the news to your employees who have been grasping onto the “we have always been doing things this way,” motto? (Which is not quite the motto you want to have going forward with new systems.) You know it’s time but you also know how important it is to have the support from your team, because without the support, your implementation could fail. Here’s how to get your team to look forward to a new ERP software implementation, in 3 steps:

1. Figure out who the leaders on your team are.

Look at your employees and decide who the leaders are in your organization. It’s smart to pick one leader from each department. as they will be using the software in their daily routine. Planning to have a strong team will help you tremendously down the line.

2. Involve the leaders in the implementation planning process.

Once you have your implementation team picked out, sit down with them to discuss their thoughts and fears about the upcoming implementation. Make sure you take note of what each person in each department thinks, as well as what they think is currently holding them back with the system that you have in place. 

It would be smart to have your team watch demos and have lots of discussions about how the software will change their jobs so they can plan for changes ahead. Once your team members see how the software will make their jobs easier, it is likely that they will get pretty excited about it. Encourage them to share this energy with other office members, to build up momentum and get everyone to look forward to the new ERP software, like Microsoft Dynamics GP or Acumatica that will be heading their way soon.

3. Set aside time and money for training and planning.                                 

This is a huge part of implementation that is often overlooked. It is so important to make sure your employees understand how to use the new software, and they will need lots of training. Training may be expensive, but investing in your team members will have them even more excited about the upgrade, as well as understand how the implementation will affect their system and processes. You also have the option to do some sort of classroom style training if you are looking to save money.

Getting all of your employees to look forward to moving to Microsoft Dynamics GP will ensure that your upgrade will go as smoothly as possible. Reach out to us at Logan Consulting with questions about different versions, like GP in the cloud or Acumatica or if you are interested in a quote.

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