TMC's Project Management Methodology
What to expect when you are implementing with TMC!
“Luck is the residue of design” – Branch Rickey
There are many ways to approach the implementation of a new accounting system, and not surprisingly, some approaches work far better than others. At TMC, we have distilled many years of implementation project experience into a simple and refined approach that produces the highest quality and lowest risk approach to implementing your new ERP system.
1. Analyze, Plan and Understand – The first step in the implementation process begins by conducting a thorough review of the business requirements and processes, to determine those aspects of the business that may need improvement and refinement. These business requirements are then mapped into an overall project plan that will drive the remainder of the implementation.
2. Design, Develop and Build – Using the project plan produced in Step 1, the implementation team proceeds to construct a pilot system, which will be used to validate the business processes and system functionality specified in the project plan.
3. Train, Test and Accept – Building on the pilot system and utilizing data migrated from the legacy system, Step 3 begins the process of teaching new system users the best practices and procedures, to ensure the maximum benefits are attained. Results from this testing and training period are reviewed and a sign-off is obtained, verifying that the work to date has been accepted.
4. Implement and Go-Live – Working from the protocols developed in Steps 2 and 3, the final production system is now completed, with legacy data migrated to the new system. All of the resources of the implementation team are on-site and ready to make the final transition to the new system.
5. Ongoing Support – After the successful launch of your new system, we continue to provide on-going support . This is delivered through our help-desk, the application of new updates, free webinars and user group sessions.
As these five implementation steps are carried out, beginning with a broad based and all-encompassing perspective of both your internal and external operating environments, the focus of the implementation project is then continuously narrowed to produce exactly the system that is required to meet and exceed the business objectives that have been defined.
Wrapped around these 5 implementation steps are the continuous activities of:
1. Project Management – All aspects of the implementation are continuously being monitored by your Project Manager, whose responsibilities include task assignments, resource availability, project documentation, budget and timeline oversight, and communication among all of the project team members.
2. Systems Support – Review the current systems infrastructure to ensure the optimum delivery of data and analysis. Provide recommendations for required hardware and software infrastructure.
3. Consulting Services – Business Process Review, recommendations for Best Practices, detailed delivery of training and procedures, testing of the pilot and production systems, development of custom reports.
4. Development Services – Creation, testing and support for custom enhancements and applications, coordination of integrations to existing legacy systems and planned intefaces to other Line of Business systems, custom reporting, dashboards and internal web-sites.
The successful implementation of new ERP system is not the result of luck or chance. It is the culmination of the design of the implementation approach, the dedication and effort of the project team members. Select an implementation partner that uses an approach based on best practices and proven results, based on a methodology rooted in deep experience and knowledge of how to be successful.