Implementing Microsoft Dynamics AX: Why Your Own Team Must Control the Application’s Parameters, and All Consultants

If your company is getting ready to implement Microsoft Dynamics AX, the director of the AX User Group (AXUG) has some tips to help the project go as smoothly as possible.

"The most effective implementations of Dynamics AX start with having executive management 100% behind the project-not just from a dollar perspective, but from a commitment of internal resources," said Frank Vukovits, AXUG Director, during a recent AXUG webinar.

The right way to implement AX begins with having a project team representing the different functional areas of your organizations-a team that's committed to working a certain part of each day on the AX project to design and set up the system in a way that meets your business needs.

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Keeping it Simple?

This is a great article and hits many of the most important points to consider. The last paragraph talks about establishing priorites for what functionality to include in a Phase-1 project. I've heard many consultants say things like "Lets make sure we get what you need to run the business for GoLive". This is Keep-It-Simple thinking, and has some merit - but I would encourage everyone to take the next step and say "What areas of the application can return the most value to your business".

Resistant to change

Internal team or employees fear for loss for job shall not co-operate for implementation by not giving proper business needs to the consultants is one of the major factor issues.

Resistance to change

Resistance to change is a normal response and one that is not being addressed in current ERP implementations. This will be a measure of the existing culture within the company, the level of employee engagement and the communications used to keep the employees informed as to what is happening. The key elements are to address the whys, why are we doing this and the whats in it for me. We all know what happens when we arent clear about whats happening and are sceptical of new initiatives,. Resistance often comes passively by just not using the system. You can train as much as you want but unless you have addressed these issues passive resistance will mean non compliance with the requests.