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In the Know: 8 Top Tips for Implementing Microsoft Dynamics NAV

Many businesses are now considering utilizing Microsoft Dynamics NAV within their day-to-day operations, which is a big decision that affects the way that the entire company functions. But, when handled with the utmost care and precision, this can be one of the best decisions any business can make, and Acora provides an excellent partner to help companies make this transition. Learn more about their offerings on the company’s Facebook Page.

The IT service provider not only offers a solid foundation in helping businesses transition to Microsoft Dynamics NAV, but the company also wants to ensure that businesses are prepared to utilize the platform fully in order to reduce costs and experience growth. That’s why Acora has created 8 tips for businesses to successfully initiate Microsoft Dynamics NAV.

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Tip 1: Clearly identify a criteria for success

When it comes to implementation, it is important to clearly identify and list those key criteria for success. Businesses should ask themselves which items are most important. This could be anything from having full visibility and access to all information that is both sent and received by a supplier to significantly lessening stock take variances. Each company will have a different set of criteria.

Tip 2: Dedicate time for essential users to commit to the project

Each company’s key players need to spend a significant amount of time on the implementation. If they are not given the adequate time, they will not be able to complete the project work needed to be successful. Each key player needs approximately 15 to 20 additional days devoted to the project across the 4 to 6 month implementation period.

Tip 3: Ensure that your IT partner understands your business

When the IT partner creates a team to help the business through the implementation process, that team needs to be aware of what the company does. The company can help this process by answering any questions that the team has and validating their pre-existing knowledge. When the partner doesn’t understand the business, this could lead to an inadequate initiation of the system.

Tip 4: Understand the solution before making a change

Microsoft Dynamics NAV contains a great deal of functionality so long as companies and employees known how to use the platform. It is imperative that businesses insist that their users are properly trained on the system before undertaking gap analysis. This approach allows companies to gain full access of the software without having to spend additional money to build extraneous products and features.

Tip 5: Make sure that the company’s most influential players are involved in the project

Involving the most experienced top-level staff ensures that everyone in the company is on board with the implementation and is aware of the reasons why these changes are taking place. This should also involve communicating these strategic decisions to the remainder of the company so they are aware of the business-wide expectations.

Tip 6: Prepare for the unknown

No matter what, unexpected things will happen, and each business should be prepared for unforeseen obstacles and roadblocks. This is why it is important to build in contingency plans and allow for extra time to deal with anything that comes up.

Tip 7: Stick to the plan

It is essential for businesses to define the scope of the project as well as remain committed to that plan. This involves working with the IT partner and trusting their project management expertise. It is also important to only make changes to the plan that are necessary rather than straying from the original scope.

Tip 8: Initiate the project one step at a time.

If the company requires a complex set of needs, the business should make a list of those needs and cross them off one at a time so that the project is easy to manage. This also allows the team to see the small victories in the midst of the larger project and motivates them to continue.

While these are Acora’s top tips, there are many more keys to success, and the IT service provider will work closely with each business to help them meet their specific needs. Acora is known throughout the UK for providing an excellent implementation strategy while remaining flexible and open to each of their clients. Acora is committed, first and foremost, to their customers’ success and have a proven track record when it comes to helping implement Microsoft Dynamics NAV in order to meet their goals.

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Welcome to Acora’s Wordpress page, where you will find news and posts based on the company. Acora is an IT services provider, with expertise in advisory services, IT outsourcing and business applications. It has been operating since 1986, and has grown year on year, now employing around 17560 IT professionals across three sites. This company has achieved three ISO standards, relating to delivering managed services, best practice for an information security management system and quality management systems. It has also achieved a British Standard for business continuity management. Acora’s IT advisory services encompass IT strategy, IT governance and application transformation. IT strategy consultancy involves ascertaining the client’s business objectives and then ensuring that they have the necessary IT functions in place to support their plans. As the rate of change within the IT industry is ever accelerating, Acora recognises that all IT strategies need to be agile and flexible so that they can quickly be updated in line with new developments. The unique Triple-A agile approach has been developed to get results more quickly, so that clients can immediately have confidence that the strategy is paying off. Effort is concentrated on areas which can provide maximum value. In the area of IT governance, Acora helps clients to establish sound IT practices which improve service levels and ensures that its IT assets are used to best advantage. It uses a practical IT governance framework, which leads to effective and sustainable IT governance. Application transformation is the art of transitioning from an old IT application to a new one - Acora provides expert guidance in this, applying its extensive experience to help organisations that wish to renew or replace mission critical business applications. It works with clients so that changes of application become strategic and proactive rather than tactical and reactive. The company also takes its corporate responsibilities seriously, and regularly organises fund raising days to support a diverse range of charities. Good causes which they have supported include Children in Need, Alzheimer’s’ research and the British Heart Foundation. Events arranged for 2015 include a tea party arranged in support of Marie Curie, and a team from Acora is taking on the Three Peaks Challenge.

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