When you have decided on implementing Salesforce one thing that you need to decide from the beginning is if you want to implement yourself or if you want to have a partner to assist you with the process.
You can implement yourself but there is going to be a learning curve. In addition to that, you also need to think about the investment that you have made for your company as well as what is going to be required to ensure that they are all successful. When you take the time to hire a consultant you will see that you are going to make sure that you have a successful rollout. Here are the top reasons that people decide that they want to have help when implementing.
1. Diversions and Speed: Your team is already going to be stressed by having to learn a new system as well as having to do their day jobs. What this means is that you want to make sure that your team is not going to get behind on their day jobs. That means that when you have a consultant who is able to help you that you do not have to worry about your project not being completed on time and also within the budget.
2. Learning Curve: When it comes to learning the new platform of Salesforce it is important to make sure that you are looking at the product and realizing that it is just more than the general settings out of the box. It also means that you need to be able to plan as well as to customize everything for the implementation. When it comes to the way that people look at the project that means that they are going to need to understand your business model and to understand the ways that things work for your company. What that means is that if you are working with professional consultants they have spent every day doing just that and there is no learning curve that must be overcome.
3. Implementation Planning Time: When it comes to making sure that everything is handled in the right way it is very important to make sure that you have an experienced team and that means that you are going to need a PMO as well as know that you are going to have a team that can handle all of the functions required. Regardless of how smart your IT team is they are no substitute for a team that has done Salesforce implementations and understands the entire process from end to end.
Whether you are deciding to self-implement or you are deciding that you need a professional, you need to think about the time as well as the professional commitment that is required for all aspects of the implementation. There is no easy solution and there will be customization that is going to be required. By hiring a consultant and making sure that they know what they are doing you are going to save time and also speed up the implementation of your project.