ERP System Implementation

When it comes to ERP Implementation, regardless of what platform you choose, risk is always a consideration. ERP system implementation comes with its own inherent risks from failure to redesign business processes to suit new software to insufficient training and reskilling of end users.

You may have read within our latest ‘Project Plan’ article that we suggest data migration documents and templates as part of a robust Project Plan when implementing ERP. There’s a very good reason for that and it’s simply because data migration happens to be one of the biggest downfalls when it comes to the ERP Implementation.

What Is Data Migration And What Are The Risks?

Data migration itself is the process of moving data from one system to another. This can be done using a variety of tools and techniques. There are different types of data migration too, from database migration to database version upgrade and even system migration.

For big data based companies, data migration can take up a huge amount of time as well as budget. What’s more, the data migration process becomes far more complex and as a result, higher risk. The risks of data migration during the ERP implementation process include:

  • Data Loss

Data loss can occur during any migration. Whether it’s a case of data not migrating over when it should or simply losing it between old systems and target systems, data loss is possible when not planned and prepared for.

  •  Semantics

Even if data migrates over efficiently, you may find data from one particular area/column/field moves into a totally different area/column/field within the target system.

  • Extended Downtime

Downtime is a concern for all however, when the data migration process takes longer than expected, extended downtime can become a problem. This can pose a problem for larger organisations with stakeholders and interested third parties especially.

  • Data Corruption

From unwanted data migrating over to potential crashes, data corruption can occur and result in errors for the end users when using the application.

  • Interference

Interference risk can become a real problem when multiple users make use of the current/target system during the new ERP implementation phase. An example of this would be a stakeholder locking a particular table/spreadsheet, making it impossible to migrate the data over to the target system.

ERP Implementation & Migration Services

With data migration, the risks can be great however, there are ways to protect your data during the data migration process. In fact there are ways to protect all aspects of your business when implementing ERP or business management software.

Our Project Plan provides a fantastic point of reference during such events and could help you mitigate any risk with a robust plan for the entire process. For more information, simply contact us today on 01268 724005.