Changing Accounting or ERP Systems

Now it’s my turn…

Changing Accounting or ERP Systems

Michael, installing the new system on his laptop for testing before it is installed on the server.

Michael, installing the new system on his laptop for testing before it is installed on the server.

I have been using the same ERP software for almost twenty years.  Now it’s my turn to face this process of changing software.  Being in the software industry does not make this any easier for me to change systems.  I will go through the same pain my clients go through during this kind of full system change over.  We all become comfortable with what we know.  No matter how difficult a product is, if you know how to use it, it is the easiest one for you.

One of the mistakes many companies make is to attempt to make the new software system work the same way the old system does.  Companies frequently adjust their systems and procedures to accommodate the old software, or old way of doing things.

A better way to address this is when you are looking to change software, also look at how you can change your internal procedures.  Try to take advantage of features the new software has that the old system doesn’t.  We will be reviewing some of the new features that are available to us in this change, in order to streamline some processes and be more efficient.

A good place to start is to think of the two or three features you wish your current system had.  You could also start with things you wish your new system could do.  Make this wish list into action items for implementation of the new system.

Changing systems is never easy, but rather than it just being a nuisance, try to find ways your company can become more efficient.  Find something that will be so large a benefit that it will outweigh the pain of change.  In the end, if done right, it will be worth all the hard work.

-Michael Ericksen

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