Know the technical foundation on which you will be setting up your application package -- do a gap assessment of the existing and new technical environment.
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A necessary step in both selecting and implementing a package is detailing the technical requirements required to run the application. Identify the hardware/software environment, interfacing systems, operational and backup procedures, and other key technical requirements.
User involvement is key to designing an effective application and a good user interface. Give the business users a template of standards and procedures to follow so that they can describe how they do their work, including workflow, and thus how the application should work for them.
This example will help you put in place logical as well as physical database design standards for building data warehouses using Business Objects.
Use this document to help you manage application package vendors during every aspect of the evaluation process.
The key to making your application usable is a standardized, well-designed graphical user interface (GUI). This example defines GUI design standards and guidelines for an application built with Oracle Forms 5.0.
Use this tool to keep track of salary changes--whether it's an annual increase, merit increase, promotion, demotion or any other reason.
Here's a simple, complete form for recording new hire salary information.
Ever been confused by technical jargon when you access an application's online help? Don't let your users feel that way! Define standards, as in this example, to ensure that your documentation writers develop clear, direct help files that appropriately support your application.
Now that you've built your customized application, make sure that the operations staff knows how to keep it running. Provide well-defined, standardized procedures for the system operations staff.