A popular trend today is to rip and replace the legacy system. Once that decision is made, it cannot be reversed. If the wrong decision is made it can cost millions of dollars, drive down productivity and create a negative morale among employees. By the time it becomes known that the wrong decision was made, it is too late and they are forced to settle for a less than optimal solution.
If you find yourself asking these or similar questions, it may be time to press the pause button before any major decisions are made.
- Should we move our systems to the cloud?
- How long can we put off moving our systems to the cloud?
- Should we make incremental improvements to our existing systems or should we rip and replace?
- What systems should be in the cloud and what systems should stay behind our firewall?
- How do we best manage the transition to the cloud while mitigating the most risk to our operation?
- Every system says they are the best and will tell us what we want to hear during the sales process, but how do we make sure that we are selecting the best system for our organization and our unique set of use cases?
- Should we seek “Best in Class” solutions for every need and integrate them all together or should we go with one vendor that has everything we need?
- Is it better to do a big bang implementation or phased?
- When gaps are found in a cloud(SaaS) solution that we selected, what should we do?
These questions and more are facing senior level executives every day. The challenge to these questions is that there is not one right answer. There is not a silver bullet, one size that fits every organization. Following what worked for another organization, is not always the right decision for your organization. Systems, people and processes vary from one organization to another. Those points of differentiation will make or break a successful project.
There is no “easy” button when it comes to making these decisions and organizations that rush the process and don’t seek outside advice are the most prone to make mistakes. Let us help you identify what problems are you trying to solve and build a plan that is tailored to your organization.