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Why Doing Less is Best During Implementation

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The ParityFactory team works closely with clients to implement our software for the smoothest transition possible. But anyone who works in food processing or food manufacturing knows that rolling out a new system is bound to cause some headaches for the folks who need to learn it while still keeping on top of their fast-paced workflow. 

That’s why we recommend slower implementation, focusing on core functions at go-live, and then adding on additional features later. 

4 reasons minimizing the scope of an implementation results in a smoother transition, reduced costs, as well as happier staff and customers. 

 

1. Early benefits to fund more improvements. 

As soon you start using ParityFactory for live production, you benefit from the system in material ways. The more quickly you implement, the more rapidly your return on investment begins to grow. Those benefits, both in time and money, can then be reinvested for great efficiencies and improvements in system use.   

2. Reduced implementation costs. 

Shorter implementation cycles equate to lower implementation costs. The danger of extended project timelines is that a large proportion of the effort and cost can inadvertently be spent in pursuit of a minor proportion of the overall system value. Maximum value for the cost is the first goal – then refinements can be prioritized from there. 

3. Change management – keep as much familiar as possible. 

Change is hard. For this reason, retaining as much familiarity as possible during the transition results in better outcomes. Staff are more likely to adopt new processes successfully if they aren’t overwhelmed by the amount of change at once. Smoother go-live experiences and record accuracy are supported by simplified operating procedures and ensure a client’s staff and customers feel positive and supported by the changes they’re experiencing. There is wisdom in walking before running and this can engender a culture that is supportive, rather that aversive, of operational improvements.

4. Allow time for priorities to come into focus. 

The more you know, the better decisions you make! It’s common for client priorities to evolve throughout the life of a project. Pursing maximum efficiencies at the beginning of a project robs decision makers of the value of experience in the system and can result in unnecessary costs or delays that serve as a distraction from primary goals. Focusing on core functions at go-live, provides perspective that clarifies needs and priorities over time. ParityFactory is a platform for continuous improvement – best practice is to record goals and ideas for greater refinements and pursue them Avoid jumping down the rabbit hole! 

If you’re interested in learning more about the implementation process and what ParityFactory WMS & MES can do for your food processing or food manufacturing operation, reach out to schedule a demo today. 

 

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