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Unlike ERP systems, which because of their inherent complexity require outside consultants for implementation, DBA is ideally suited for self-implementation. The majority of our customers get the system up and running on their own, using our Implementation Planner, data import utility, video training courses, and technical support.

What makes self-implementation possible? One big reason is that with DBA you will continue using your existing accounting system, which means you do not have to go through an accounting system conversion. This significantly reduces the scope of implementation.

Furthermore, DBA's own manufacturing accounting system is already set up for you, with a standard chart of accounts and account assignments. No prior knowledge of manufacturing accounting is required.

You simply cross-reference approximately 15 accounts with those in your general ledger and you added sales and cost of goods sold accounts as needed.

Our data import utility can be used by anyone with basic spreadsheet skills. Much of the data needed by DBA will be imported, including items, item prices, bills of material, customers, and suppliers.

The Implementation Planner organizes the implementation process into a series of specific tasks that are performed in sequential order, all leading up to a startup day when you start manufacturing exclusively in DBA. Implementation goes through four phases: installation, setup, rehearsal, and startup day.

In the installation phase, you install the software, setup users, password security, support accounts, and Email.

In the Setup phase, you populate your master tables and select your operating preferences.

In the rehearsal phase, you install a special training company that includes a copy of your database so that users can train on you own company data.

The final phase is startup day. Just prior to startup day, you will import initial stock quantities and enter open sales orders, jobs, and purchase orders. You then turn the key and start manufacturing exclusively in DBA.

Most implementation tasks are accompanied by video training courses. If you are on a task and it's not clear from our documentation and video training what you need to do, submit a support ticket and we will help you. As you complete each task your users are learning the product in a building block fashion so that by startup day, using DBA will be second nature.

Although you can import routings, for many companies, work centers and routings are a new capability that was not available in their previous system.

Work centers and routings drive job scheduling and shop control, which are the means by which you complete jobs on time using the least amount of WIP possible. Work centers and routings require intimate product knowledge and therefore cannot realistically be farmed out to a third party.

The time spent on work centers and routings setup is time well spent, because routings unleash much of your efficiency potential.

Even though DBA is ideally suited for self-implementation, issues regarding hardware and networking are best handled by qualified, local service providers who can provide vital technical support to keep your system running smoothly and efficiently without interruption, with proper backup procedures to protect your most precious asset - your data.

Although self-implementation saves a great deal of money, that is not its primary purpose. The best and most qualified people to use for data import and work centers and routings setup are your own people. Only they have the product knowledge needed to perform these tasks correctly. By performing these tasks, they will soon know DBA inside and out, so that by startup day, working in DBA will be second nature and your people will be armed to make lean manufacturing a practical reality.