While this option does have countless benefits, the process of upgrading is still a complex one. Here, our team of JD Edwards experts gives you four helpful tips to make your upgrade to EnterpriseOne as smooth as possible.
Perform a Gap Analysis
When performing an upgrade from World to EnterpriseOne, one of the most important things to consider are the modifications that had been made in the existing World environment and whether they are necessary for EnterpriseOne as well.
If EnterpriseOne functionalities sufficiently cover the modifications made in World, then that means that your team won’t have to retrofit those modules for EnterpriseOne.
While these determinations may seem straightforward, another thing to keep in mind during the Gap Analysis are the business processes. Are current business processes going to be the same going forward? If not, how does it impact the modifications? Answering these questions will ensure a thorough Gap Analysis.
Configurable Network Computing and Training
The first step of CNC is to identify who is responsible for the CNC process. If it’s someone internal to your team, then they will need to be trained as early as possible to ensure that they can hit the ground running.
Many of our clients choose to go on a support contract for CNC, but if that’s the case, it doesn’t mean that there is no training required. While internal CNC training might not be necessary, the developers working in EnterpriseOne will need to be trained on the new system.
Ensure that Users are Comfortable with Microsoft Excel
It may sound silly when discussing a complicated ERP upgrade, but it’s important to make sure that the users are comfortable using Excel. One of the big benefits of EnterpriseOne is that you can manipulate data in Excel. It changes the way users can get to data, and they will be much more inclined to export information in an Excel spreadsheet.
If the users are accustomed to a green screen, or maybe aren’t as savvy with computers, an upgrade means they now have to learn two new things: EnterpriseOne and Microsoft Excel.
If the users aren’t familiar with Microsoft Office tools prior to the upgrade, start training them as soon as possible.
Consider the Total Cost of Ownership
In the planning stages, it’s important to consider everything that contributes to the total cost of ownership for EnterpriseOne. There can be different cost factors and components between running JD Edwards World and EnterpriseOne.
These differences include, but are certainly not limited to, things like changes in ongoing maintenance agreements and external support, as well as the CNC support contract. Another potential cost to consider is that when the site first goes live, external development support may be needed in the event that your team’s EnterpriseOne developers are not quite up to speed.
Things like maintenance and external support can get expensive, so it’s important to make sure that those considerations are included in the budgeting process for the upgrade.
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