Our previous white paper titled: 'Eight Steps to Selecting Health & Safety Software' provided a guide to help you select the best software solution to fit your needs. This article takes the next steps: how to ensure a successful implementation of the software.
Even the best software is ineffective when not implemented correctly. We have seen a variety of procedures used to implement software. Some have worked brilliantly, while others resulted in exorbitant costs and requirements never being met. The purpose of the article is to identify key items that should be addressed during implementation and to provide some of the lessons learned from my experience in OHS software. We have distilled the process down into the following 10 crucial steps:
- Assembling the appropriate team.
- Project definition and planning.
- Codes/initial configuration.
- Data migration.
- Pilot project.
The steps commonly overlap one another and may not follow the exact order shown. Some tasks are optional, though recommended to ensure the success of the project. Consider your specific needs and issues when defining your project plans.