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Don't let inefficient business processes and disjointed software systems hinder your growth.  Whether you need a completely new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system or just to add new functionality, SSNW's team of highly experienced consultants will guide you every step of the way.  


Microsoft D365 for Finance & Operations is the complete enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for enterprises. It provides a purpose-built foundation across multiple industries, along with comprehensive, core ERP functionality for financial, human resources, and operations management.

Virtual Supply implements Microsoft's D365 for Finance & Operations to enable continued growth in new business segments. 

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Learn More About ERP Implementation: What Is It?

ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems work amongst many different aspects of a company. These can include things like finance, human resources, sales, and more. Basically, think of ERP systems as covering many of the daily activities that your business performs. The goal of ERP implementation is to increase a company’s productivity, both with its employees and with its operations. So, what happens during ERP implementation and who exactly is responsible for this? Read on to find out more.




If ERP implementation sounds like a good idea for your business, it is best to leave it up to a non-biased third party that specializes in this type of work. At Strategic Solutions Northwest, we work with many companies to help them with their ERP implementations. Assisting companies to set up solutions that work for them is what we do.

ERP Implementation: Getting Started

To begin, ERP implementation refers to the activities involved with setting up a new ERP. This can include discussions with colleagues about what the goals are, and how to best optimize current resources. In many cases, companies choose to outsource ERP implementation to experts like Strategic Solutions Northwest because the process can be overwhelming. In fact, it can take several months to have a successful ERP implementation - all the way from the planning stage to taking the system live.

What Things Should be Considered?


When conceptualizing implementing a new ERP system, there are many different factors to take into consideration. Specifically, a business must identify what its needs are, and brainstorm ways to meet them. If you are unfamiliar with the technology required to assist you with your operations, that is where a third party who specializes in this type of work comes in. Furthermore, things to consider for a successful ERP implementation include things like taking advantage of current systems that a business has access to, and how to configure different platforms to ensure that they are easy to use for employees. Finally, before any ERP integration goes live, it is always important to test your work to ensure that things are running smoothly.

How SSNW Helps with ERP Implementation


Should you decide to hire an outside company to assist you with ERP implementation, here is the general process of having a successful launch. Keep in mind that every company is different, so this is a rough guide. Expect the process to last several months, typically. To have a smooth and successful ERP implementation, the following strategies are crucial.

Planning and Discovery

This is the phase to determine what elements are needed for a business to have an ERP system that will work with all the unique aspects of their daily operations. Here, we find out from clients what they are looking for in an ERP system. From there, we use our expertise to find the best solutions.



This is where we get into the small details of an ERP system. During the creation phase, workflows are analyzed, gap analyses are used, and key business staff are asked to provide feedback. Think of the creation phase as the beginning of the framework for your final ERP system.



Development is all about putting the previous two stages together to create a custom ERP system. This is where software is utilized, processes are deployed, and integrations are set up to make sure that everything is working together properly.


Data Migration

Data migration involves moving old company data into the new system. This process can take much longer than people anticipate in order to be done properly. This is why ERP implementation from the birth of a business is so important. When you are a brand new business without much company data, you can skip this step, which will save a lot of time.



Before launching a new ERP system, testing is A MUST. During testing, employees will do “practice runs” through their new system to ensure that things are running smoothly. Furthermore, if you use SSNW for ERP implementation, we also ensure that the systems are running smoothly and operating according to the parameters that were set forth in the previous stages of development.

Going Live

Almost done! As one of the last steps of a successful ERP implementation, the new system is taken live. In this exciting step, the months of prep work are now realized with a new system that should save a business time, improve productivity, and be easy to use for all employees.



In order to ensure continued use, offering support on ERP system troubleshooting as well as general questions on how best optimize usage is an important part of the development process. We believe that businesses are dynamic and always changing, so an ERP system should be as well.



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