Implementing New Software? Start with Smart Design

By Sarah Nord

Bonus Content: If you’re thinking about new software to solve a business problem, but you’re not sure where to start, we invite you to download our Free E-Book: Smart, Rapid Solution Design.

I recently had the pleasure of co-authoring an E-Book with GRC consultant and “process whisperer” Dan Plato. Dan was one of our most dynamic speakers at Onspring Connect 2017 with his presentation on solution design best practices. We’ve packaged up those best practices, along with a set of templates and samples, into a guide that’s available free on our website.

If you’re getting started with new software (Onspring or otherwise) and you’re not quite sure where to begin, I encourage you to check out the E-Book, which helps you answer questions like these:

  • Why should we spend time on design?
  • When should the design process begin? How long will it last?
  • Who should be involved? (And who should not?)
  • What does the design process look like? What are the outcomes?
  • Why are we doing this and what are our long-term goals?
  • What obstacles might we face and how do we overcome them?
  • How do we sustain the solution over time so it doesn’t collect dust on a shelf?

Here’s an excerpt from the guide:

When it comes to technology, we once asked ourselves, “Can we do that?” Now, the question has evolved to “should we do that?” There seems to be a technological solution for every problem, but tech is not a magic elixir. Automation will not cure all that ails us—though it certainly makes life easier when employed in a thoughtful way.

Thoughtful. That’s the operative word. Human thought, analysis and planning are crucial elements for any software implementation. When we get our hands on a new piece of technology, we often want to start tinkering right away. And while we may enjoy an immediate sense of gratification, our “just do it” approach can bite us down the road. It may frustrate our natural desire to solve problems as quickly as possible, but taking a few days or weeks to thoughtfully plan our use of new software can dramatically improve the long-term outcomes.

In this E-Book, we’ll walk you through a smart and rapid design process, offering practical tips and templates that you’re welcome to use. We don’t claim to provide a one-size-fits-all method, but we hope you gain some actionable ideas that fuel your next software implementation project.

The Solution Design E-Book includes templates for design notes, business requirements and configuration requirements, along with plenty of samples to get your mind going. I hope you find the information to be useful and actionable. Get your hands on the E-Book today, right here on the Onspring website!

Smart, Rapid Solution Design

Guidance and Templates to Fuel
Your Next Software Implementation

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