im·ple·men·ta·tion—the process of putting a decision or plan into effect; execution.

Test, Test, Test

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Everything must be thoroughly tested — systems parameters, modifications, conversion programs. Testing means having the time and the involvement of the users, and then comparing test results to expected outcomes.

One of the best ways to be sure that the system is ready for implementation is to conduct a conference room pilot. This involves running all the application functions with a test copy of the system. Run all the processes from beginning to end. Use scripted test data for every type of function. Test the interfaces to other systems. Receive and process website transactions to the business system.

The project plan should always allocate time for formal testing. Ideally, you should identify a person to serve as the Quality Assurance Lead. This individual's priority will be to create a realistic QA plan, manage the testing process, prioritize issues, insure that high priority issues are solved and conduct the final review and deployment of the solution.

Testing verifies that the system meets the different requirements including, functional, performance, reliability, security, usability and so on. This verification is done to ensure that we are building the system right. In addition, testing validates that the system being developed is what the user needs.

Learn how Digitally Inclined Solutions can help you navigate through the implementation phase.