Posted March 23rd, 2017 by Unknown
This week we attended ConnectERP. Working with our colleagues we were able to discuss both Microsoft’s ERP solutions: Microsoft Dynamics AX (Dynamics 365 for Operations) and Dynamics NAV.
Organised by The Manufacturer magazine, the event is aimed at companies keen to fast track the evaluation process and establish a short list of potential suppliers for their next ERP solution. Industry speakers provided colourful stories from their own ERP implementation experience.
In general, the advice is that implementing ERP is not for the faint hearted! Ben Salder from Leaning the Way shared experience of big bang go-lives involving thousands of end users. Highlights were the traffic jam analogy and how to avoid the shockwave implications of negativity; the ‘false summit’ of go-live (sadly the effort doesn’t end there!) and the importance of positive energy (energy beacon versus energy sponge!).
Advice for the selection process was also provided from a number of speakers. We completely agree that the best approach is to bullet point high level requirements, select two or three complex, core processes to evaluate and try not to get hung up on how your existing system works. Most companies are looking for the balance of meeting key requirements with as much standard software as possible. Advice on reference site choice was also refreshing, suggesting that companies think outside of the box and visit sites in different industries that will help them think on how they could benefit from cross fertilisation of ideas rather than just trying to keep up with peers.
Meeting with potential future customers was a great way to spend the day and we’re looking forward to extending the conversations and presenting the specific benefits of Microsoft Dynamics from Columbus Group over the next few weeks and months.
If you were unable to attend the event, please contact us for to discuss your ERP project and how Microsoft Dynamics AX or NAV could meet your needs.