One of the most complex and frightening projects a CIO can endure is the transition of technology systems. It often comes with the fear of losing data, a decrease in productivity due to downtime, and lengthy training and onboarding procedures. Though NetSuite is the world’s #1 cloud-based ERP software, out-of-the-box, it might not give you everything you need to drastically improve performance. Let’s take a look at how to implement NetSuite effectively to meet your business goals.
Choosing the Right Partner
Choosing the right partner to help you implement NetSuite effectively can make all the difference. Start the implementation off by choosing a vendor that will take the time to learn about your business. If they know your strategy, needs, workflows, business processes, and goals, they can better develop NetSuite for your particular business.
To implement NetSuite effectively, or any other business management platform, it’s best to use an agile methodology. More than a buzzword, agile means that the software is developed based on interactive and incremental developments that evolve through collaboration. It promotes adaptive planning, development, and flexible responses to change and iterations through the development cycle of the software. This way there are no surprises upon the solutions “go-live” date.
QA and User Acceptance Testing (UAT)
One of the most important things is making sure your solution is implemented correctly. Don’t rely on a partner to tell you their done and then pack up and leave. Your provider should conduct QA activities such as system checks, revisions, and re-testing. It’s important no major glitches are in place before going live and that your software aligns with all of your business processes and practices. User Acceptance Testing (UAT) is an opportunity for your team to go through business-as-usual processes to make sure everything works according to plan. If glitches are found, the partner should be responsible for coming up with a new solution to ensure that all systems are working properly before going live. Your ERP software should align with all business processes and practices.
You have made a smart choice by learning more about NetSuite. In fact, according to Forrester Research, “A crossover to majority cloud-based ERP—especially for core financials and related functions such as sales, forecasting, and HR—looks inevitable in two to three years.” If you’re looking to implement NetSuite effectively, 360 Cloud Solutions can help you address immediate needs and predict future opportunities for a long-term, growth-oriented solution.