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5 Benefits of Replacing Your Current ERP System with Microsoft Dynamics 365 through Small Workstreams

By Steve Sanderson | November 28, 2018

Implementing a new ERP system into an organization is a large scale project that involves a substantial resource commitment and has many moving parts. Ultimately, these moving parts will come together to deliver value across all levels of a business. The fear, however, that lies with many concerned CIO’s is how to effectively manage the implementation project.

While not a new concept, today we are seeing more and more manufacturing companies start small when it comes to ERP system replacements. Microsoft Dynamics 365 (D365) better facilitates this compared to its older versions and many competitive applications.  In the recent year or two, and since the introduction of D365, a larger number of our manufacturing customers – from medium sized organizations to global enterprises – have introduced D365 at a measured pace in small workstreams. 

Traditionally, while we still see “big bang” implementations, organizations will phase based on locations or in larger functional segments. D365 facilitates implementation of smaller workstreams for a variety of reasons including the characteristics of its cloud model - making implementation, administration and operations simpler from that standpoint - and because Microsoft has promoted functional workstreams directly and inherently. From a licensing standpoint, Microsoft makes it easier to purchase smaller amounts of users initially and then add to it with subscription pricing.

5 benefits of rolling out D365 in small workstreams:

  1. Reduces risk associated with large projects.

  2. Let’s the full footprint evolve with better decisions made associated with configuration of the new system.
  1. Financially attractive by allowing organizations to spread implementation cost across a longer time period.

  2. Enables the organization to get immediate value in targeted areas.

  3. Allows an organization to learn and understand the new system, architecture and skill sets…to become adept with the new solution and its technology. More can be done internally with less dependence on outside consultants and functional and technical resources.

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About Steve Sanderson

A senior account executive at Fullscope, Steve has over 30 years of experience providing solutions to the operational challenges of manufacturing businesses and has spent 12 years with a Fortune 200 Building Products Manufacturer.

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