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Five Tips for Switching Software Successfully

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

If you’ve ever been through the process of implementing new software then you may feel that the workload needed for it can be motivation to never switch programs again. The idea of such a headache has driven some companies to stick with their DOS programs to this day!

Is all this pain and worry really necessary? Is there such a thing as a smooth conversion?

At Axium we have learned that with the right guidance and preparation you can achieve conversion success without the aggravation and extended timelines. Here are some tips to make the task less overwhelming:

Tip 1: Pick key staff members to manage the process and lock down vacation time. There’s nothing worse than trying to get important information from somebody drinking margaritas in Mexico.

Tip 2: Set a deadline. Thinking that new software can be implemented in your “extra” time is one of the most common pitfalls and will draw out the process.

Tip 3: Prep your data. Thoroughness is the key for this step. Any errors or corrupt data will result in a longer process and major headaches.

Tip 4: Make training a priority… for everyone: Introduce your entire staff to your new software and teach them what specific areas they will need to know when your transition is complete.

Tip 5: Make your consultant your new best friend. Use your time with your consultant to pick his or her brain for any tips or tricks to making your conversion a smooth one.

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