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Getting Implemented


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Introduction

How do you get a manufacturing system up and running? At DBA we've developed and refined an implementation methodology over many years that enables any company to get DBA Manufacturing fully deployed without requiring consultants and trainers or any special expertise or experience. Time and effort are the key ingredients for success.

Implementation is made easier because with our financial transfer you continue to use your existing accounting system for all financial processes, which means that implementation is confined to the manufacturing side of your business.

Startup Wizard

When you start your DBA system for the first time, our Startup Wizard is automatically displayed, which you see here. The Startup Wizard remains active until system startup day. While the Startup Wizard is active users have full access to all setup screens, but cannot perform live transactions until startup day activation.

Implementation is organized into the 15 phases listed here at left. Each phase consists of a set of tasks to be performed in sequential order. You simply complete each phase in full, then you move on to the next phase, up through system startup day.

Here we are looking at the set of tasks that comprise the Bill of Manufacturing phase. You click on the next sequential task to open its corresponding topic in our online Startup Guide.

Each topic includes links to training videos, user guide references, and screen help.

When a task is finished, you click this button to flag it as completed and move on to the next task. This step-by-step methodology creates a building block effect where each task sets up the data needed by subsequent tasks.

Support

At any point in the process if you do not fully understand the task at hand, submit a support ticket and we will help you complete the task properly. A support ticket stays open until it is fully resolved and can be reopened whenever needed.

Data Import

Data import plays a major role in system setup. Our data import utility can be used by anyone with basic spreadsheet skills and is used to import suppliers, stock items, bills of material, locations, prices, customers, and more.

Our Data Import Guide provides comprehensive field specifications to help you match up corresponding fields in your import spreadsheet.

Super Tasks

The great majority of tasks can be completed relatively quickly. There are three super tasks that require more time, which is well worth it because they provide the most benefit to your manufacturing efficiency. These are item routings, which are the basis for shop control, product documentation, and product costing, locations, which are integral to inventory control, and item MRP settings, which are the basis for planning a strategic inventory to reduce times to shipment while keeping inventory and WIP to a minimum.

User Training

The User Training phase is particularly beneficial. Training tasks are performed in our Sample Company so that users can rehearse workflow processes using sample data that is properly setup for learning purposes.

Startup Day

By the time you get to the final phase - System Startup Day - you and your users will be expert in all aspects of the system and can proceed with system activation with full confidence. On System Startup Day you import stock quantities, enter open sales orders, jobs, and purchase orders, and then you activate the system for live use.

180 Day Return Policy

DBA is the only manufacturing system with a 180 day return policy. Our implementation methodology assures that your users will know DBA inside and out and will be thoroughly aware of all its capabilities. If for any reason you are not convinced that DBA can dramatically boost your manufacturing efficiency, return the software and we send you a full refund of all monies paid.