Windows 10 is being released by Microsoft as a free upgrade for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows 8.1. The upgrade is being provided through a Windows Update and will be available at no charge for one year after the release date. Please note that Window 8 PCs will not get the free update unless they have been upgraded to Windows 8.1.
Due to the way the upgrade processes, some applications may be uninstalled prior to the upgrade. In theory, the process retains installation data and will re-install the application after the upgrade is complete. But if it is an application that is unfamiliar, that processes may not work. The end result could be a Windows 10 install with applications missing or miss-configured.
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The update that provides access to the Windows 10 upgrade is KB3035583. With this update installed, a new folder will be created at “C:\Windows\System32\GWX” and the program GWX.exe will provide a prompt to reserve Windows 10 in advance of the July 29, 2015 release date. Once reserved, the Windows 10 update will download automatically once it has been released.
Last but certainly not least, we finish our series of blog posts exploring 10 key steps in successfully implementing an ERP solution for small-to-medium manufacturing businesses. We hope you find them useful; don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!
“The faster an issue can be addressed or a team refocused by using a newly-implemented ERP system, the more time and money a company will ultimately save.”
One of the many advantages to having a consulting company lead software system implementations for manufacturing and distribution companies is that many of the problems that can crop up during an implementation are ones that can often be predicted by an experienced consultant. You can rest in the knowledge that your consultant has enough experience with the process and software to be able to easily deal with the problem before it turns into a major catastrophe.
While our consultants and clients do their best to avoid any snafus, technology and human nature being what they are, unexpected detours can happen during implementation. Our team will be there with you, available to work through any bumps during the initial start-up period, while everyone gets their feet under them in regards to the new software.
Some Common Issues
A common problem at many companies is insufficient training. Some employees are not focused enough during initial training. Employees may underestimate the need for training. Employees may try to multitask during the class and miss some key steps. If the opportunity to have a hands-on experience with the software in a “playground” is not offered, a person can be overwhelmed trying to manipulate data in an unfamiliar screen on that first day of go live.
Employees must be given adequate training and the opportunity to work through typical daily transactions with the new software weeks before the go-live date to identify possible exceptions not identified in pre-planning and gain confidence with the new software. If the initial training was insufficient, retraining just prior to go live is needed to ensure success.
And as you begin to input your data and work with the software, you may notice an area that could be tweaked, especially if the previous business processes were not as streamlined. This is where all of the hard work done in the pre-planning and planning stages pays off: by working through many of the scenarios and potential uses of your new business-planning software, you will hit the ground running and be able to see how the software helps you do your job better right from the beginning.
You Can be Prepared for Anything
With our trained staff to assist you, you don’t need to worry about how to handle any unexpected situations that may arise in your business. We will help you utilize the system that you can count on to meet the requirements of your business operations.
Parallel Solutions is pleased to be able to bring you these tips for a successful ERP implementation. If you are thinking about how to improve your efficiency, decision-making, and customer outcomes, then we would love to have a conversation with you about how we might be able to help.
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We continue our series of blog posts exploring 10 key steps in successfully implementing an ERP solution for small-to-medium manufacturing businesses. We hope you find them useful; don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!
As stated in our previous posts, preparation is the key to a successful ERP implementation. Identifying your company’s needs, forming a comprehensive team plan, gaining management support, and creating a business process model are all ways in which you can prepare for the transition to a new system. In addition to these steps, it is also essential that the company prepares for the conversion of data.
While the typical small and medium size business doesn’t have as much data to transfer as a large enterprise probably does, the number of different programs in which the data can be stored can prevent a smooth conversion process. This can be especially challenging for smaller businesses that perform certain functions manually, or use programs that are not compatible with one another.
It is vital to ensure all data is represented in the final conversion, so that your new records are as complete and accurate as possible. This is where our expertise in handling many of these types of conversions really comes in handy. We can advise you on best practices when it comes to preparing your data and ensuring that nothing is lost in the transition.
Measure Twice, Send Once
Not only is it important for the data to be complete, the company must also ensure that the records are accurate and formatted correctly for the conversion. Getting this right at the beginning of the transfer process will ensure that the new system created with this data will be functional and ready for use from the start, without having to go back and fix corrupted or missing information.
This is the time to review your Vendors, Customers, Bills of Materials and Account Numbers. Eliminate duplicate records. Drop old information. Update new contact names and addresses.
As with all types of computerized transactions, “bad data in equals bad data out.” The process of extracting, cleaning, and converting the data will take time, but like our other steps for preparing for a new business system, it will be well worth it in the end.
Spending time on this step now will not only save the company time and money, but will also keep team members motivated and moving forward. When everyone involved in the process can see not only how inefficient the previous system really was, but how their jobs will run more smoothly once a new system is in place, it will help motivate your employees.
Are you a small or medium-sized manufacturing or distribution company that is trying to simplify and streamline your business process? We can help!
If you want to read all 10 Steps to a Successful ERP Implementation, we'd love to share them with you here.
This is number 7 in our series of blog posts exploring 10 key steps in successfully implementing an ERP solution for small-to-medium manufacturing businesses.
We hope you find them useful; don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!
One of the best ways to ensure that your new ERP system works for you is to do as much preparation at the beginning of the project as possible. One major step is to create a Business Process Model (BPM). While this step isn’t usually a formal one when working with off-the-shelf, plug-and-play software, it is a vital step towards a personalized ERP system that fits your company’s specific needs.
Why Create a Business Process Model?
Creating a BPM will not only guarantee that the enterprise application will fit the different functions within a business, but also the ways in which these functions are performed. Detailing the work flow of each department and how they work together enables a company to determine specific requirements for the new system and helps to design processes and templates that fit the business much more closely than an out-of-the-box software option.
While designing a BPM is extremely beneficial to the success of any ERP system implementation, we understand that it can be a difficult undertaking. While it may be more comfortable to “do what you’ve always done,” this is an ideal time to take a step back to look at your processes to see what may need to change as you grow or what can be handled more simply.
Once the system has been created, it is important to identify sample data, which can be used to test the effectiveness of the system so that adjustments can be made as necessary. It is important to give users time to work through all the different scenarios and routines, so that once the system only goes live the daily processes are able to run seamlessly.
Mary Jo O'Neill