• Apr
  • 14
  • 2017

Top Lessons Learned for 2017 Print MIS System Implementations

Top Lessons Learned for 2017 Print MIS System Implementations

Implementing a print MIS system is challenging but worth the effort. Often, business owners look back on their experience and say, “If only I knew then what I do now, it would have been a lot easier.” We have collected the top lessons learned from our clients to help make your implementation smoother and more rewarding.

  1. Assess Your Needs. Before you jump into a new implementation evaluate what you like and don’t like about the current one. If you become too focused on fixing a specific problem, you might find the solution creates new ones or you may miss opportunities to make broader improvements.
  2. Choose the Right Champion. You need to select someone to oversee the implementation process and this person must have the authority to enforce deadlines and make decisions. If you pick someone who is relatively powerless, they will not have the clout to make others follow through on their obligations.
  3. Select Implementation Leaders for Each Department. No one understands the needs of the accounting department as well as the people who work there. The same is true for production and purchasing. Someone from each unit needs to be responsible for assuring the MIS implementation process goes smoothly for their staff.
  4. Test the System. The implementation team can operate the system flawlessly and too many businesses wait until this crew has left to try it for themselves. Don’t waste the opportunity to ask questions and learn the ropes. Test the system out while help is literally sitting next to you.
  5. Utilize an Implementation Plan. The Virtual Systems implementation team always provides a plan that details the tasks they will perform within a specified timeframe. This plan also allows the business’ staff to include their own tasks and deadlines. Use this implementation plan to work as a team and assure that all necessary functions are completed in a timely manner.
  6. Learn the Whole System. You may have purchased the MIS system for specific functions, but if you don’t explore and utilize the additional features you are missing out on many opportunities to expand your capabilities and improve operations. Keep current with system updates and attend conferences to learn more about how your system can increase your ROI.

Virtual Systems is committed to helping our customers receive the best value from our print and mail MIS systems. Our implementation team supports the learning process and enjoys working with engaged staff members who are excited about the new functions and processes. Contact us today to learn more or request a demo.