Software Implementation follows Software Selection Process

By: Thomas Cutler

According to Rebecca Gill, vice-president of TGI, "Software selection consists of five individual elements or phases within a much larger, overall process. The entire process itself can span months or even up to a year, depending on the number of internal resources available for the project. Starting the software selection process with the right project plan is key to choosing and implementing the best software for your organization's individual needs."
The following outline is an excerpt from the Technology Group International (TGI) Software Selection Process Steps and Timeline white paper. This document represents a general process flow which may be tailored to fit any organization's specific needs. The white paper details Software Selection Research and Planning, Software Requirements Identification and Request for Proposal Preparation, Software Supplier Evaluation, Software Supplier Selection, and Software Implementation.
Gill details the software implementation process:
&bull Form Joint Project Team with Supplier
&bull Define Project Charter
&bull Order System Hardware
&bull Install Hardware
&bull Install Database and Software
&bull Perform Initial User and Technical Training of Project Team
&bull Validate Software
&bull Review Current Processes and Create Work Flow Diagrams
&bull Perform Value Stream Analysis for Required Process Improvements
&bull Define System Data
o Populate Base Tables
o Cleanse Existing Data for Conversion
o Migrate Cleansed Data to New System
&bull Define System Reports
o Review Reports in Existing System
o Review Standard Reports in New System
o Prepare Customized Report Listing
o Create Customized Reports
&bull Define Modifications
o Review Value Stream Analysis and Work Flows for Required Modifications
o Request and Review Supplier Quotes for Modifications
o Authorize Necessary Modifications
o Test Completed Modifications
&bull Develop Integrated Test Plan
&bull Document New Policies and Procedures for Users
&bull Test System with Dual Path Approach if Necessary
&bull Finalize System Security
&bull Train Remaining Users and Technical Personnel
&bull Pilot System (Execution of Integrated Test Plan)
&bull Benchmark System Performance at Pilot
&bull System Sign Off
&bull Implement Remaining Locations
&bull Perform Post Implementation Review
o Perform Additional Training if Necessary
o Perform Additional Modifications if Necessary
Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, Technology Group International ( is a proven technology leader delivering Tier 1 application software functionality at a price performance level that can be readily accepted by wholesale distribution organizations of all sizes.

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