System Selection - Platt & Hill Limited
Platt & Hill Limited, an independent company, specialising in the manufacture of products primarily for the furniture trade, commissioned us to select a replacement for their existing ERP system.More Info

IT Strategy & Systems Selection - Ferranti Technologies Limited
Ferranti Technologies Limited, a world-class supplier of electronic, electrical and electro-mechanical equipment, commissioned us to undertake an IT Strategy Study, followed by a Systems Selection.More Info

IT Strategy - a Stately Home
This 18th Century stately home is now run by a Trust. We were commissioned to produce an IT Strategy to enable evolution from a series of separate systems to an integrated suite of systems.More Info

Selection of Software Developer - Dyson Insulations Limited
Dyson Insulations Limited, which specialises in cavity wall and roof insulation, and home heating systems, commissioned us to select a software developer to develop new applications systems.More Info

Planning the Implementation

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At the inception of the implementation project, the progress of the whole implementation must be planned. Every relevant element, for every party involved in the implementation, including customer, supplier, and external contractors (such as electricians), must be considered, as the scope of the project is, usually, far wider than just installing an item of software. It should, for example, identify all significant groups of users, and their training schedule, all resources, and key dependencies, as well as the management structure of the project, naming project managers, members of the steering committee, et cetera. As a brief guide, of some elements to consider, we have included, in the page called Tasks, an extract from an implementation proposal.

The schedule should include, not only the basic elements, but also all significant components of them, identifying responsibilities and key dates. This is referred to as the Implementation Plan, and should be widely circulated. This is the key document in monitoring progress, so it needs to be sufficiently detailed to identify every non-trivial activity. On large, and very large, projects, there may be a high-level plan and a number of lower-level ones. The important thing about this plan, however, is that it should be regularly monitored, reviewed and, where appropriate, revised.

If you have project management software available, it could well be useful to use it to maintain the plan.