Phased NetSuite Implementation: Faster ROI and a More Successful Approach
Chances are, purchasing NetSuite ERP was a choice that involved several departments, decision makers and levels of approvals. You did the research, watched the demos, met with colleagues and decided on a solution for your organization to run its business on.
Now, a second cycle of decisions, equally as important, begins: how to implement NetSuite. There are generally two broad schools of thought when going through an implementation, the rip-and-replace or “big bang” approach is where all features of a system are implemented at once. Then there is the phased implementation, where critical functions of the systems are implemented first and the additional functions are implemented in order of importance over a longer period.
The Case for a Phased Implementation
Easier Buy-in from Decision Makers
A phased NetSuite ERP implementation often reduces the upfront cost of the system, making the decision easier for decision makers that are responsible for the company’s direct profitability. In a phased implementation, only critical modules are paid for upfront. Paying for additional modules that will not be implemented until months into a NetSuite implementation can be an unnecessary use of funds, when the modules can always be added on at the same discount closer to the time they will be implemented with a phased approach.
It is tempting to take a “whole hog” approach because the many integrations, add-on features and advanced modules NetSuite has can take a business to levels of advanced operations that have never been achieved before. However, bringing in third-party applications, integration projects and “nice to have” modules up front can lengthen the time to go-live for NetSuite. Getting the critical portions of NetSuite like financials and/or inventory up-and-running in a few short months can paint a clearer picture of what additional integrations or modules will be needed, if any at all.
The main advantage of a phased implementation methodology lies within the clearer vision of a less complex project. Potential issues can be identified at each phase milestone, without risking the health of many additional departments (like warehouse, sales and eCommerce) by pushing the go-live date for their portion of the project. Each team will have dedicated resources and a dedicated roll-out, the entire company’s system will not be in jeopardy with a major go-live and shut off previous systems.
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