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Reduce Risk in Microsoft Dynamics Software Projects

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Reduce Risk in Microsoft Dynamics Software Projects

All Software implementations contain some risk.  Risk in time, resource and money!  So how can we reduce the risk and optimize your resources?  A solid project plan is a fundamental resource to good software implementations. Within a project plan there will be tasks to be achieved, milestones, and predecessors that are all needed to be completed in order to have a successful and complete project. But why is planning so important?

Imagine all of things that can go wrong in implementing software without a project plan. The Client and Vendor would be unaware of each other’s dependencies, not sure of the proper order to execute and have the potential to be extremely inefficient with each other’s resources.  Communication can breakdown and any real organization, deliverables or expectations can be confused.  Without a project plan it is hard to hold all stakeholders responsible for their duties by a specific deadline, “cats begin fighting dogs”, chaos ensues, while resources are depleted.

With collaboration among stakeholders in building a project plan, individuals and companies can be held accountable to a deliverable that is on time and in budget. Having an organized idea of when certain tasks are to be completed and the proper sequence of completion allows an orderly movement from step to step. An example is: TASK- Appolis will install WithoutWire™ WMS to the Client Test Environment; the project plan will assign an owner:  Appolis; a resource allotment:  it will take 1 day and a timeframe:  to be started on 12/15 and completed by 12/15.  Once an action is identified, the project plan can track the next dependency such as:  ERP integration deployment to the test environment.  The project manager has the ability to check off tasks on the project plan as they are completed and track dates to ensure the project is sticking to its timeline.  Making this project plan visible to all stakeholders is critical in allowing everyone to understand their responsibilities and the dependencies.  

The project plan also helps with resource planning.  Since you have the “due dates” all planned out, Clients know when they need to have their resources ready.  An example of some resources would be:  printers, hardware installation, or bin labeling.

What happens if you get off track? The power of the project plan is that it can be adjusted through collaboration of all the effected team members involved in the project.  The project manager should lead and foster this collaboration until an acceptable plan is developed to allow the team to hit all of the desired project milestones. At Appolis we keep our communication very open and frequent, our project leaders bring light to critical path items and those soon to be on a critical path if not accelerated.

At Appolis, a project plan is a key organizational tool in the implementation of our WithoutWire™ Warehouse Management Solution (WMS) for advancing the functionality of your ERP systems:  NAV, AX, GP or SL.  We understand the magnitude of investment which goes into your decision to automate Lot or Serial tracking for proper traceability of Food, Medical Device and CPG inventory.  If  reducing human error and double data entry in the Manufacturing or Distribution operations of your business is critical in nature – we would like to engage in further conversation with you.  Proper management of resources and critical dependencies lowers risk in your next software project … so let’s get planning!

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By: Brianna Miller, Marketing Coordinator, Appolis

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