Selecting the right IT partner to help you with your Divestiture

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You want to work with an IT partner that has functional knowledge in addition to the technological ability to extract and re-map the data.  This allows a true partnership that looks at the process from a high level and keeps an eye on the details at the same time.

You need to look for a partner that has experience extracting data from Lawson and mapping to the format needed to upload set up and transactional data to any system and taking extracted data from another system and formatting it into what Lawson needs and uploading the data.  A partner who uses a repeatable process that allows for tweaking the process if needed through testing cycles and then having the final version ready when you are ready to go-live.

When considering a divestiture there are many considerations. Some of these are:

How much history needs to remain on the current books?

How much history needs to be extracted for the divested company?

What happens to any un-paid vendor invoices?  Will they remain on the current company or move to the divested company?

What kind of training will be needed for the divested or remaining users?

What interfaces need to be addressed?  Are there any that need to be moved to the divested company or more importantly changed on the current company to ignore the divested company’s data?

Make sure to start with a BRD – Business Requirement Document – so you have a road map of what is expected throughout the process.  This helps you, the divested parties and your partner know what is expected from all parties.

With the right partner, you can have a smooth and successful transition.