One of the most important factors that determine whether construction accounting software will work for your company is its implementation. An unsuccessful implementation can seriously hamper your ability to use the software effectively. You can have the best software in the world, but if it is not implemented properly then how can you use it?
The key to a successful implementation is effective training. Plain and simple. For the training to be effective, both the trainer and the trainee must work together. The trainee must be dutiful and stay on top of assignments, and the instructor must be effective and clear when instructing. Here are some things to keep in mind when undergoing training:
This cannot be said enough. No one should expect to learn all there is about the software after the first lesson. There will be things that you do not understand. So do not be shy about asking questions. That is what the training is for. The individual conducting the training will never get upset or annoyed if you ask a question. In fact they encourage it, this lets them know that you’re paying attention, and what areas to focus on.
Practice Makes Perfect
It is imperative that you practice using the software numerous times in order to become comfortable with it. You will occasionally be assigned homework assignments by your instructor, make sure to do them! These assignments will help bolster your understanding of the software and will give you real time experience using it. The more you continue to use the software, the more comfortable you’ll become with it. So practice practice practice!
Never Stop Learning
Even after you fully implement the software, the learning doesn’t stop there. Continue to ask questions and stay on top of new updates that may change the way you use the software. Normally the vendors release company newsletters and within them are tips and tricks on how to better use the software.
The Importance Of Proper Training
Construction accounting software is a very complex and elaborate entity. There are so many functions, all with their own unique applications that require much practice to use. In order to get the most out of the software, it is crucial that the training portion of the implementation goes as smoothly as possible. Poor training will greatly affect your ability to move forward with implementation. So when you are beginning to implement construction accounting software, make sure to pay extra attention to the training.