System Implementation


Startup Wizard Overview

Get Up and Running with our Startup Wizard

Our startup wizard guides you through system implementation with a set of sequential tasks leading up to system startup day.

Sequential tasks create a “building block” effect

Completing the wizard tasks in sequential order creates a “building block” effect where each task builds on what was set up and learned in previous tasks. By the time you and your team get to system startup day, you will be thoroughly prepared and confident to deploy “time to shipment” planning and work center scheduling.

No accounting conversion required

Implementation is dramatically simplified because no accounting system conversion is necessary. With DBA, you continue to use your existing accounting system for all your financial processes – receivables, payables, banking, payroll, and financial reporting – so you will experience no disruption to the financial side of your business.

Not tied to your fiscal year or any artificial deadline

Because your accounting system continues to be used without interruption, DBA system implementation is completely independent from the start of your fiscal year or any artificial deadline date. The system should only be activated when all the startup wizard tasks are fully completed.

Your major master tables will be imported

Your major master tables – customers, suppliers, items, prices, and bills of material – will be imported from spreadsheets using our data import utility.

Routings provide the big benefit

If you are currently using a light assembly build system, routings entry adds a new dimension to your process workflow that enables work center scheduling and labor and overhead costing. Work centers define the machines and assembly areas that comprise your shop, and routing sequences define the labor and subcontract processes used to make your products.

Use our help

DBA offers extensive documentation, including screen help, workflow guides, and training videos. If you do not fully understand any particular task, submit a support ticket and we will help you.

The training phase prepares users for startup day

During the training phase, users are provided with training videos and training tasks to be performed in the sample company so that they are prepared for system startup day.

Startup day is when you activate the system

DBA is an inventory-driven system that only functions properly when all workflow processes are fully deployed. Therefore it cannot be partially or incrementally implemented or run in parallel. This is why startup day is so important — it is the day you will cease operating in your old system and begin manufacturing exclusively with DBA.

On system startup day you and your team will import initial stock quantities, enter open sales orders, purchase orders, and jobs, and zero out inventory in your old system.

No one knows your business better than you

Most implementation tasks require intimate knowledge of your products, processes, and work centers and are not tasks that can be done for you by an outsider. The DBA general ledger is already set up and no special accounting expertise is required. Therefore you and your team are the ones most qualified to implement your system.

Our methodology has been proven over time

Our startup wizard methodology – sequential tasks, the “building block” effect, no accounting conversion, user training, and a system startup day with full workflow deployment – has been refined and proven over many years and hundreds of installations.