Whether you are on-premise, in the cloud or planning on moving to the cloud, there is change ahead. Rapidly changing business and regulatory environments mean you have to keep your M3 software up-to-date to maintain compliance and stay competitive. Simply put, you cannot do nothing, and, whatever your plans, you need to prepare.
With any changes, business validation of those changes is an imperative. Without it you cannot guarantee that M3 will still meet your business needs. But this is a costly task. When asked to identify the biggest risks to an upgrade, 63% of respondents cited insufficient testing and 61% the lack of staff time to perform the testing.
Business validation, arguably the largest part of any upgrade project, has to be efficient and effective to ensure your Infor M3 software is fit for purpose and change is delivered as quickly as possible.
Original Software’s solution reduces this risk and puts M3 accounts on a stable and predictable footing:
We will give you the confidence that your
M3 release will support your business exactly as required from the day of go-live.
The Original Software solution is designed to streamline your project regardless of whether you are performing an initial implementation, an upgrade (such as from 10.1 to 13.4), moving to the cloud, or releasing patches.
In fact, the technology removes so much of the burden that it allows you to make more frequent releases, enabling your business to benefit from all the enhancements that Infor provides.
It takes just a couple of days for our engineer to configure the technology and only a few hours of training for your team to become proficient in its use. You will see the benefits from week one
Combine it with our powerful comparison
engine to quickly understand where there are
changes in the new version, allowing you to
prioritise where the most testing is needed
and avoid wasting effort on areas where little
or no changes have been made.
Our innovative technology solution streamlines
the following key processes of your M3 upgrade
If you simply rely on super-users, drawn from functions such as finance, HR, and operations, to provide their viewpoint, you will only ever be able to provide a ‘finger in their air’ estimate of how long the testing and validation process will take. This uncertainty would make any project
manager nervous, either causing timescales to be pushed out or confidence to fall.
Most companies are uncomfortable with this scenario so they decide to properly document how the system is used – at least in a number of key business processes.
This can be a highly labor-intensive and time-consuming effort, taking valuable team members away from their core functions to step through the system copying and pasting screenshots and balk writing descriptions of their actions into Word documents.
This is a considerable task that anyone would baulk at, and takes days or weeks per module.
Our solution provides a way for you to document system processes without it becoming a project in itself.
While your users go about their daily tasks in the system, our technology records what is going on – every keystroke, every mouse click, every screen.
The result is an animation or pdf of every process – a library that your project team can review and discuss to make sure that the task of validating M3 is properly resourced and scheduled.
The process documentation acts as your library of test cases and fully defined test scripts, which enables systematic and thorough testing and validation of functionality.
In the absence of such documentation, predefined test cases would be completely missing or at best superficial, with an inconsistent level of detail, thereby reducing the quality of the validation that your project team can perform.
But with a technology solution in place, the creation of documentation is almost effortless, enabling you to make an accurate plan of the areas you will validate.
It takes just a couple of days for our engineer to configure the technology and only a few hours of training for your team to become proficient in its use. You will see the benefits from week one.
A further benefit is that subsequent stages of the project will be less dependent on superusers. With fully detailed test scripts in hand, validation of the upgrade can be performed by other people, enabling the project to proceed in a more timely and cost-effective fashion.
Under a manual process, when users find an error in the application, they will have to go back, try to replicate it, copy and paste screenshots into Word, and type in a description of what they did when the error occurred.
Then they will email the document to a developer or upload it to a file share.
The developer will review the document and try to replicate the error, but the document may not contain enough information to do so, in which case a conversation will be necessary.
Hopefully, the developer can now replicate the error and can go ahead and fix it.
When the fix is ready to be tested, it will have to go back to the original super-user who identified the error as they will be the only person that has a hope of replicating the exact scenario that caused it. The whole process is long-winded and ineffective.
Our solution provides a more efficient way. In fact, we eliminate a number of the above steps altogether.
As the super-user works through the test script, your system automatically records all M3 and user activity. So when an error is found the user can simply mark up the recording with a note.
The details are automatically attached to a defect record, which appears in a developer’s or manager’s queue, along with an email alert.
No need for the super-user to step back and reproduce the error, no need to manually describe everything that was going on. Neither does the developer have to attempt to recreate the error or liaise with the super-user – they simply play back the animation and get on with fixing it.
The overall impact of the improved process is that more errors are addressed, quality and speed improve, and super-users minimise time away from their core role.
But as significant as these improvements are, this approach is still fairly manual.
As you move through the first and second upgrade testing process steps, there is a significant amount of repetition of test scripts to ensure that areas of the system that have been validated as correct have not since been destabilized by changes made elsewhere.
Instead of your users performing this repetitive work manually, our technology can handle it automatically.
If your project manager is relying on email and spreadsheets to keep tabs on each project member’s spreadsheet progress then this can become a highly time-consuming and frustrating process.
It may take days to compile a project status overview with any sort of accuracy – with the further drawback that by the time it is compiled it is already out of date.
This is hardly the way to manage a mission-critical upgrade to your core ERP applications. And it can seriously hamper your project manager’s ability to respond to keep the project on track, provide visibility to others, and earn the confidence of senior executives.
With a suitable technology platform in place, the situation is transformed.
Now your project manager has immediate access to a real-time overview of testing progress.
Graphs and dashboards make the information easy to understand and share with business leaders. Project managers can dive down into any test case or test result, identify tasks that are behind schedule, and re-allocate them to other team members.
In fact, the system serves as the repository for all test assets – plans, cases, scripts, and results – and the hub for all team members to access and perform their tasks.
With improved visibility, the project manager can better ensure that all the necessary tasks are performed, allowing them to identify all critical defects before go-live.
For companies operating in highly regulated industries, being able to demonstrate you have properly tested your applications is critical. In the past, you may have had to rely on the word of the person who performed the testing, but now you will be able to show a recording of the actual tests.
The final benefit of creating process documentation is that it constitutes ideal collateral for training new users of M3. In so doing, it further reduces the time demands on super-users for training sessions and refreshers, and quickly bringing all users up to a high level of productivity and job satisfaction.
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