You Own the Project
You will be deeply involved with your implementation from kick-off to go-live, resulting in a solid understanding of both your software and our processes. This proven methodology of client ownership results in companies with greater control over their software than if we just ”did it for you.” And while you will ultimately become independent when it comes to your ERP solution, we will be with you at every step of the way, including long after your implementation has reached its successful conclusion.
Knowing What to Do is Crucial
Beck Consulting’s first client, more than 30 years ago, was a food company. Since then, we have spent the past three decades implementing ERP solutions for food processors, manufacturers, and distributors, and we have a complete understanding of the concerns and needs that are unique to the food industry. We will put this knowledge to use as we learn your business and determine how to tailor your software to achieve your current goals while maintaining the flexibility to meet your needs well into the future.
We Work within Reality
Let’s be honest – things happen. We know how to handle almost any situation that can arise, since we have already seen most of them. Throughout your implementation, we monitor progress against the schedule, milestones, and budget, identifying potential issues long before they become critical. And if a significant change does occur? At Beck Consulting, we believe that handling the unforeseen is handling reality. We use a problem-solving mindset to prepare creative solutions that keep your project on track.
Investing in Time to Save Time
Changing your ERP solution is a significant undertaking, and you will need to put in the necessary time to make it a success. But once your software is in place, you will discover that this up-front investment quickly pays significant returns. Thanks to the streamlined processes and greater efficiencies of your new ERP solution, you now have more time to analyze all the real-time data that is coming from your new system, develop new client relationships … or maybe enjoy life outside of the office a bit more.
An Overview of Our Implementation Process
Getting your project off to the right start
Your bcFood implementation will begin with a kick-off meeting. In this meeting, the project team members will be introduced, project objectives will be identified, and we will talk about the processes needed to meet those objectives. We will review the calendar and then define a timeline for your project. We will also work to identify any project risks, as well as answer all your questions.
Requirement Analysis and Definition
Your functional and non-functional requirements will be analyzed in detail for each operational area of your business, and we will confirm key pains, goals, and future visions. Your critical processes and workflows will be discussed, reviewed, and documented. Priorities will be established, and we will start the process of separating your implementation into multiple phases.
Enterprise Requirements Definition
Following the Requirements Analysis, we will author and present an Enterprise Requirements Definition (ERD) document. The ERD is the basis for how bcFood will be implemented from both a business process and systematic perspective. The ERD will be delivered to you for review. It is anticipated that the ERD will go though multiple revisions until we both agree upon its approach to your project.
Once the ERD has been accepted, a project schedule is created. The schedule will visually identify required tasks, responsible parties, and critical milestones and dates. Known events, such as harvest, peak seasons, and trade shows, are incorporated into the schedule. With an agreed-upon ERD and a defined schedule in place, your bcFood implementation can commence.
Partnering with you to achieve success
As part of our implementation process, we will provide you with the spreadsheet templates you need to migrate your legacy data to bcFood. Using these spreadsheets, your data can be quickly cleansed and any missing values can be supplied. Your can then import your data into your new bcFood environment.
Throughout your implementation, the required software enhancements, new functionality, document layouts, and reports will be developed according to the ERD. If necessary, prototyping sessions will be scheduled so that we can review development together and ensure that we are on the right track.
Your bcFood software will be jointly implemented by us and you. Our methodology enables your key users to perform their regular jobs in addition to working on the project. Implementation tasks will include data migration, walkthroughs, workshops, testing, training, and mock go-lives.
As with every other phase of your implementation, your go-live will be scheduled, with detailed steps and responsibilities known to everyone involved. And when the time comes, you won’t be alone. At least one member of our team will be present onsite to ensure a smooth process.
Maintaining a permanent relationship
During your implementation, you have our entire organization at your disposal; we see no reason why this should change once you are live with your bcFood solution. We do not require support contracts, and we do not hand you over to a separate support team a month after go-live.
We generally suggest a phased approach to implementations, with the most critical pieces of functionality going live in Phase 1 and subsequent features being deployed in later phases. Once you’re up and running and are comfortable working in bcFood, we’ll be ready to help you move on to the next phase.
We are committed to making certain that you unlock the full potential of your ERP system. Whether it’s a module you aren’t currently using or the discovery of a new or better way of accomplishing a task, we will continue to offer opportunities to become further educated on your software.
Updates and Upgrades
Updates to both Dynamics and bcFood are issued on a regular basis, and we will provide you with recommendations on whether they should be incorporated into your environment. And when the time comes for you to upgrade your software, we will ensure this process is as smooth as your initial implementation.