What’s the difference between rollout and implementation?
A “rollout” refers to the deployment of the actual hardware or technology, whereas “implementation” means taking an idea from a concept to a finished product. Implementation is about building, not deploying new tools or resources. You can implement processes as you roll out your new technology.
What’s a project rollout plan?
A project rollout plan is an outline of the rollout. It details the timeline of the rollout itself, any costs associated with it and any recommendations for integrating the technology into your systems.
Will the rollout take a long time?
The time it takes to roll out a new piece of hardware can depend on your business. If you have multiple locations, then preparing each of those locations, delivering the physical hardware and installing it all should be taken into consideration.
How can I make sure people use the technology after it’s rolled out?
Having buy-in from all of your teams is vital to making sure everyone is actually using the technology you just deployed. To do this, you need clear communication and enough training that everyone can understand and use the new hardware you’ve deployed.
How can I make sure the new technology works with my existing systems?
When you initially choose a solution for your rollout, it’s important to make sure it’s compatible with any existing systems you use. You may need outside help to integrate the new technology, which is where an IT services provider can come into play.
I have multiple business locations, will the process be different for me?
Depending on how many different business locations you have, having multiple sites can affect the timing of the rollout. You’ll need to account for training at all of those locations, as well as any other considerations like the physical delivery and installation of the technology at all locations.
How much notice should I give my teams and staff of the rollout?
As much as possible. You need buy-in from all of your staff and teams to make the rollout a success. Announcing big changes to internal processes can be a lot, so giving your teams time to adjust their own processes to accommodate the incoming change is something to keep in mind.
How much training will my staff need on the new piece of technology?
It can depend on what piece of technology you’ve chosen to roll out, but your staff should be able to understand the basics of how to use it. This can also help promote buy-in of the new technology.
What should I do after the rollout?
Once the new technology is deployed, you should closely monitor everything to make sure everything goes smoothly. If you need technical support, your IT services team can help. Collecting and analyzing user data can tell you if you’ve satisfied your success criteria and if users are adopting your technology.