• Subject: RE: Implement in stages or not?
  • From: "Ashworth, Thomas R." <TAshwort@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 10:06:06 -0500

Even though there is additional overhead and special considerations to be
given to 'temporarily' inter-connect existing applications to MAPICS, I
cannot imagine a full-blown cutoff of legacy programs and internal
procedures.  Even on a controlled phase-in, there are often many business
issues and 'human-factors' as well as program/data issues that need
dedicated attention by a full-time implementation staff.

With the diversity of modules that you are considering, I can understand the
desire to totally divorce yourself from legacy code, but the serious,
long-term effects on your business and staff should be thoroughly reviewed
with a crack team of Implementation Specialists before going forward.

FYI, we implemented IM, MRP, PC&C, PDM and PUR on MAPICS DB4 over ten years
ago with a considerable amount of effort.  Two years ago, we upgraded all
existing modules to XA4 and added COM and EC.  Recently, we dropped support
of MRP and PC&C and we are yet to consider financials.

No offense intended, but as someone who has first-hand under-estimated the
impact of a MAPICS implementation, my prayers go out to you and everyone
involved regardless of your approach.

Additional opinions -or- information regarding past experiences available
upon request.
regards,
Tom Ashworth
MIS Manager, Altec Lansing Technologies Inc.
Routes 6 & 209
Milford,  PA  18337
tashwort@altecmm.com            570-296-1276

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Theodore Vollrath [SMTP:tvollrath@hotmail.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, November 16, 1999 8:25 AM
> To:   MAPICS-L@midrange.com
> Subject:      Implement in stages or not?
> 
> Thanks for your responses on the MAPICS browser. It was very helpful. We
> were talking about today implementing MAPICS in stages or at once. We are
> currently running MRP on our old system and plan to implement IFM, COM,
> EPDM, MPSP, MRP, PC&C, PM&C, & PUR. Does it make sense to implement all at
> once or in stages. MFG & Engineering first, then COM & IFM last. My
> thought
> was to start with the G/L part of IFM first, then COM (and A/R), then MFG
> and Engineering (with A/P). What do you think?
> 
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