Many of you whom I have met personally know that I am an instrument rated pilot. As a pilot, I use checklists before, during and after every flight. They are a very important part of aviation for many reasons. Checklists promote safety by ensuring that critical tasks are completed. They also ensure that these tasks are done in sequence and that they are performed at the right time. For example, it is generally considered too late to put your gear down after landing. Finally, they ensure that everyone in aviation behaves and works in a consistent manner. The stakes are high so discipline is essential.
ERP is like flying an airplane. Migrating from one release of your ERP to the next is also like flying an airplane; it's a straightforward process as long as you have basic skills and a plan for utilizing them. You've made an investment in your ERP selection, and your business is already seeing the benefits of implementing ERP; don't jeopardize all that hard work.
To reduce risk and ensure business continuity and data continuity, you should follow a migration checklist that, like an aviation checklist, ensures you perform all required tasks, in sequence, and at the right time.
The amount of time it takes to migrate from one release to the next depends on several factors and can vary from a couple of days to a few weeks. The number of enhancements — such as extension packages, standalone scripts, and changes to reports — will have an impact although these may work perfectly in the next release. The piloting phase will determine this. Also, maintaining up-to-date Enhancement Catalogs and Business Process Flows between releases accelerates the process. All this, along with the use of a good checklist will ensure the migration goes smoothly, is safe, and stays on schedule, just like a good flight.
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