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This analogy stands true for implementing any new software: preparation is key to a successful implementation and, ultimately, a profitable outcome.
Following Abe’s advice, and my 14 years experience at Tharstern, I’ve put together 5 key areas of consideration for ensuring you get a positive return on investment from a new management information system (MIS). As you can probably guess, they all revolve around the preparation:
TIP: Sounds simple, but if all the system is intended to do is provide a better interface than that of the current one, then is it really worth the upheaval?
Make sure due diligence is done prior to purchasing the system:
TIP: Don’t under-estimate the IT infrastructure costs. Upgrading to a new server is a common oversight and should be factored into any project cost.
TIP: OK, so this is the biggy - if the new MIS churns out figures that shows Big Shot plc is not profitable work, are you really going to turn it away?
TIP: Don’t just replicate historic processes! If an MIS doesn’t work the way you have for 20 years, ask yourselves why.
TIP: Again, another Abraham Lincoln quote “I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.”
If these five points don’t scare you off from purchasing a new MIS then you have the right attitude to implement a new system and will reap the rewards accordingly.