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Mock Go Live Experiences and Recommendations

  • 1.  Mock Go Live Experiences and Recommendations

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted 21 days ago
    Hi All

    We've got our Mock Go Live in mid-December (my first on Dynamics). We're pretty well prepared:

    • most of our business processes are documented
    • we've written scripts for most major processes
    • we're just about to start our CRP, and we finish that a week before the mock go live

    Would any of you mind sharing your experiences?

    1. How long did it last?
    2. What data did you import and how long did it take?
    3. What did you actually do?
    4. We're on several systems, and some work completely differently to Dynamics, so it's going to be hard to compare results in old system and Dynamics?
    5. It's a really slow time of year for us. Normally, in a mock go live we'd run parallel transactions, in the new system to what's actually happening in the old system, but there won;t be anything going on in the old system to speak of.
    6. What didn't work?
    7. What would you do differently?

    Thanks in advance

    Mark

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    Mark Anderson
    Director of ERP Systems
    Clesen Wholesale
    Evanston, IL
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  • 2.  RE: Mock Go Live Experiences and Recommendations

    GOLD CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted 20 days ago
    Hello Mark,

    Mock go-live is a great idea and one that most companies skip, and then end up regretting it.

    I actually suggest you schedule two or three mock go-lives, each will expose GAPS in your preparation, and you should have the goal of 'no surprises' at the actual go-live.  YES, this is possible and I had that experience several times when I was a NAV consultant and project manager.

    To your point about comparing results, it is almost impossible to compare results from one system to the other.  Both because the various systems work differently, but also, you may have setup NAV to accommodate your current business needs, and that may be different from how your legacy system was setup.

    What I would suggest is to have a plan on what you expect to happen in NAV after the mock go-live.  For example, if you post 10 sales orders, you 'expect' to see $X in revenues, and COGS, and such, regardless of how those would post in your old system.

    Long story short, trying to 'run parallel' to compare results from one system to another is not valuable, and would only end up causing confusion.

    Good luck,
    Victor Diercksen

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    Victor Diercksen
    CIO
    CIO/NOW Inc.
    Sandy UT
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  • 3.  RE: Mock Go Live Experiences and Recommendations

    TOP CONTRIBUTOR
    Posted 19 days ago

    Hi Victor

    Thanks for the insights

    We're definitely prepared for multiple iterations. Have already done several imports of data, so we're getting good at it

    We have several detail CRP test script that start with opening values, expected changes after each step and closing balances. Still improving these, but they're our biggest check against did the system do what we expected

    I'm leaning towards your thoughts on parallel running as our current production system is very different to Dynamics

    Thanks again

    mark



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    Mark Anderson
    Director of ERP Systems
    Clesen Wholesale
    Evanston, IL
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