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Insights From: Gaja Mohandass (Fullscope Senior Consultant), Marty Bullock (Fullscope Dynamics AX Engagement Manager), Shannan Tanner (Program Manager at The Shepherd Color Company)
How much time has your manufacturing business lost to an ERP data migration? For many, the process of entering large sets of data into a new system can add months onto an implementation project. It's tedious and comes with other challenges like manual entry errors and productivity downtime. Data migration is one of the most critical activities in an implementation, and poor data quality or missing data at system start up can cause an ineffective or failed implementation.
The CIO article 13 Common ERP Mistakes and How to Avoid Making Them asserts "Your ERP system is only as good as the data that is in it. So, if you want your ERP implementation to succeed, 'it is imperative that proper programming and procedural parameters are put in place [right from the start] to minimize the likelihood of errors,' argues Martin Levesque, director of Professional Services, iDatix, a document management and workflow solutions provider."
So, why take these risks when time efficiency and data integrity are integral to the success of an ERP implementation? Microsoft data migration tool, Data Import Export Framework (DIXF), is a good option for manufacturers with large amounts of legacy data. The DIXF tool is designed to help ensure data migration success through the process works in the below four step process:
Mapping legacy data to relevant Microsoft Dynamics AX fields
Uploading the legacy data (in Excel, CSV, etc.) into a staging environment
Conducting any validation efforts and making any necessary changes
Uploading the data from the staging environment into Dynamics AX
Need more reason to harness DIXF? It is available at no additional charge with your existing Dynamics AX license, and data migration requires just two resources –A functional AX consultant for data mapping and an AX developer for technical effort.
"At Shepherd we worked with Fullscope to map legacy data and created accurate, reusable data migration routines contributing to a successful implementation at our Glass Coatings and Concepts company. Fullscope's knowledge of the AX data structures and experience in automating item and formula loading allowed us to map our legacy data to the new system and test transactions within our project deadlines."
-Shannan Tanner, ERP implementation program manager at The Shepherd Color Company.
Fullscope helps manufacturing organizations with large data sets successfully manage ERP data migrations and implementations. Contact our experts today for more information on Microsoft Dynamics AX and DIXF.