No matter why you’re making the move to a new ERP system, making sure you’re data is ready for the move is crucial to a successful transition. An ERP migration allows you a fresh start to improve your data and the way you manage it for a more efficient and effective business, and more productive employees; approach it without carefully considering the following points, and you may wind up doing the exact opposite.
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While you may be focused on high quality data, what about the rest of the organization? Do you have standards in place to ensure that the data being put into the system is complete, correct, and consistent? If you don’t have this kind of documentation in place today, consider creating a set of guidelines for the future to avoid packing your new ERP system full of data inconsistency, errors, repeat data, and many other frustrations.
Once you’ve created the standards, make sure the documentation is available and that everyone understands what they are, what is expected of them in terms of data entry, and the processes involved in doing it correctly. When you migrate to a new system, everyone must go back to square one to learn the new processes; no bringing bad habits from the old system into the new one.
Before you move your data into a new system, give it a scrub. That way, even if your old system was a mess, you can ensure your new one will be well organized, accurate, and a solid platform on which to run your business. You just have to decide if you want to (a) clean up the data in the legacy system before moving it, or (b) clean your data on its way out of the old and into the new.
Choosing the right solution to migrate to is key to keeping your data clean and integration between your ERP system and third party applications is a must. If you’re important business systems do not cleanly integrate with your ERP system, you may want to reconsider one that will sync back and forth to cut back on the need for manual data entry and rekeying.
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Finally, ask yourself if your data is your biggest problem. In some cases, messy data may be the biggest obstacle standing in your way and dedicating yourself to cleaning it up and maintaining standards in the future may help you avoid the cost of an ERP migration. How can you tell? Our interactive ERP evaluation template can show you the current strengths and weaknesses of your system. Click below to get started.