Migrating from Lawson S3 to the Cloud—Tips & Tricks
You’ve heard other companies are doing it. You may be considering doing it yourself. But you’re just not sure if migrating from Lawson S3 to the cloud is right for you and your business. If this sounds like your situation, not to worry—Surety Systems has you covered. Whether you’re looking for general tips and tricks you need to know, common mistakes to avoid, or strategies for handling data and security when transitioning your Lawson setup to the cloud, you’ve come to the right place.
Let’s get started with two general pieces of advice to keep in mind: “Do Your Research” and “Communication is Key.”
Do Your Research
One of the best ways to prepare for a big transition—both in life and in business—is to talk to other people who’ve already done so. Whether you do so in person or through online forums, talking with people who have already migrated from an on-prem Lawson S3 setup to the cloud will help you identify lessons others have learned, (so you don’t have to learn them the hard way).
Even if you only browse through the forums on LawsonGuru.com, you’re likely to find answers to some of the questions you have, advice you didn’t know you needed, and new questions you’ll need to think about. For example, are you comfortable with using Infor Spreadsheet Designer? It’s a tool that will save you hundreds of hours during a migration like this one, so if you aren’t, now’s the time to start training. Similarly, you should be aware of what you’ll be doing with Infor User BOD (Business Object Documents), LPL code, and the Configuration Console, as well as whether you’ll be migrating Process Flow/IPA code before you start the move from on-prem S3 to the cloud.
Communication is Key
Migrating from Lawson S3 to the cloud is a major operation with a lot of moving pieces. To ensure that nothing falls through the cracks (and no one’s left behind), we recommend establishing crystal-clear lines of communication. Throughout the upgrade process, everyone involved in the project—including your Infor rep, consultants, employees, and other key resources (such as the Project Manager, Systems Administrator, HRIS, Finance, and/or Supply Chain)—needs to be made aware of what’s coming down the pike, what subjects they need to learn more about, and the importance of sharing that knowledge with the team.
One way to make the knowledge-sharing process simpler is to get your Exchange server admin to set up a distribution group for project-related emails. (Important Note: Our consultants say they see clients often neglect to take advantage of email’s “Reply All,” but a migration is the perfect time to use this feature, so don’t forget!)
Beyond doing your research and being intentional about communication, another way to ensure the chances of a successful Lawson S3-to-the-cloud migration is to put an expert in your corner—that’s where we come in. Our senior-level Lawson consultants will evaluate your current system to better understand your needs, handle your data and security throughout the migration, and help you avoid the common mistakes clients often run into.
Ready to get started, or just want to learn more? Contact us today.
Have more questions about migrating Lawson S3 to the cloud? Not to worry! Keep an eye on this space for upcoming articles on strategies for handling data and security issues during a migration, as well as how to avoid common migration mistakes.