Global Template – develop a global solution
This phase is initiated by a detailed requirement analysis. The analysis is a follow-up of the High-Level Analysis which was delivered at the Strategy phase. It focuses only on global processes and in many respects it corresponds to the Analysis phase in the Microsoft Dynamics Sure Step Methodology. In some cases, international customers prefer to combine the Strategy phase with the first Global Template phase, which is Analysis.
Phase deliverables can be classified into three elements:
Global Business Central database
The global database is a Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central database template which is implemented into the system. The database is developed based on the international Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central (Dynamics NAV) W1 version which means it does not contain any local functionalities. Within the global database, we develop modifications, implement add-on solutions (such as ISV software) and IT.integro’s solutions which are designed for international companies (such as Master Data Management System or Intercompany), create reporting environment and data migration tools (if at least a part of subsidiaries in the group, uses former Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central/NAV versions).
Database setup enables the user to substantially customize the processes within the system. Therefore, not only the setup but also functionality should be developed at the group level in order to make all subsidiaries aware which charts of account, dimensions, posting groups, Intrastat settings, roles, user rights are valid. Otherwise, setup will become an area which differentiates system installations in various countries.
Project documentation is a third element of the Global Template. Each subsidiary will use a variety of documents, therefore it is worth preparing them as early as at the project kick-off. For example, the User Acceptance Tests and Standard Operating Procedures documents are used for testing and training purposes for each rollout.
For more information on Global Template as a second-phase deliverable, please view: Global Template (System Core) for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.