Trust your WMS Implementation project to industry recognized specialists
Business has changed. It’s become more global, dynamic, and competitive. Markets are more challenging, and growth is harder to come by. On top of that, companies must cope with long and complex supply lines, constantly evolving distribution channels, and multiple manufacturing and distribution sites. It’s no wonder that businesses are under enormous pressure to optimize their supply chain assets.
This makes your decision to implement a WMS critically important.
It’s also a decision that presents many challenges. But the challenges inherent in WMS implementation can be overcome with the right knowledge, planning, and execution—and Longbow is there to help you succeed and produce tangible business results.
With over a decade of implementation experience, we bring to your project a depth of knowledge, and breadth of experience, that’s unmatched in the industry.
After dozens of WMS implementations, hundreds of customizations, and hundreds of thousands of hours working with a wide range of customers, there aren’t too many implementation problems or system challenges we haven’t seen—and solved.
We can help you avoid cost overruns, and configuration, integration, and performance problems. And we have the technical and functional expertise to keep your WMS implementation project on track to a smooth completion—while saving you save you time, money and resources along the way.
Going with anyone other than experienced WMS specialists can cost you a successful project. That’s why so many leading companies choose Longbow’s team of experts for their WMS implementation projects.
A structured approach that provides results
A WMS implementation requires a great deal of planning and attention to detail. As such, Longbow will lead or help guide you through your implementation using proven, repeatable methodology combined with our system and industry expertise.
Below are some of the milestone tasks we consider for every implementation, regardless of size and scope:
PLANNING AND DESIGN
A common best practice is to sit down to plan and design your future state solution as the starting point of any project. This will provide clear direction throughout the project and eliminate wasted activity resulting from unclear requirements and rework.
Working closely with your implementation team, we define, identify, and establish an implementation framework in order to maintain a tight focus. We ensure that the overall expectations for the project are clearly established so that they can be understood at all levels of management. Once this initial requirement is completed, the remaining steps in the explore phase can go forward:
- Create project Charter
- Develop a project plan
- Define current and future state processes
- Review Integration Requirements
- Flag potential gaps and create solutions to address them
- Identify any customization requirements and respective associated time and / cost impacts
- Evaluate current state requirements; design and prototype future state processes
- Set up operating infrastructure.
- Complete a POC (Proof of Concept)
In the second phase, we implement the future state across all solution components
This is the phase of the implementation process when all the steps necessary to deliver the functionality you require are completed. Key elements include:
- Set up and configure the application to match future state processes
- Develop enhancements, customization, conversion programs and reports to complete the solution
- Develop and perform the system integration
- Prepare training program, system test scripts and go-live process documentation
- Test the final product (Processes & Integration)
- Complete CRP (Conference Room Pilot) – Final Solution Acceptance and Delivery
In the third phase, we transfer responsibilities to the business user and prepare the initial facility/implementation
In this phase, business users typically perform final acceptance testing of all procedures, exceptions, outputs and go-live conversions. Key steps include:
- Final system and integration testing
- User training
- Prepare go-live environment
- Prepare mock go-live and contingency plans
- System go-live
- Go-live Support (pre and post)
- Assess our accomplishments, and lessons learned
TRANSITION AND MEASURE
In the final phase, we measure the results and identify next steps to optimize the solution
The final phase focuses on project results and future steps:
- Review and conclude the project completion criteria
- Outline the project accomplishments
- List any outstanding activities or deliverables
- Create a plan for passing deliverables to client
- Plan the handover of project documentation
- Close supplier contracts and agreements
- Release projects resources
- Communicate the closure of the project.
- Provide a final project accounting and explain the variances
- Finally, provide recommendations for future projects
As with all enterprise software implementations, the better you plan and prepare, and the more expertise you bring to the project, the better your results will be. That’s why so many leading companies choose Longbow to be their WMS implementation partner.