We are occasionally asked by prospective customers to enter data for all their customers and stock prior to installation so that from day one they turn the system on and start using it. While we’re happy to do this work, we advise that the it does not provide a good business outcome.
Much of the data can be extracted from the old system or other sources. So we are only talking about limited details. It is the checking which takes time.
What we have found is that computer users who enter or check their own data make better users. They understand the system more and how the data has been setup. They have a sense of ownership over the data and this reflects more broadly on how they use the system.
Owning your data is, in my view, part of owning your own business. The more control you have over your business data the better your business decisions. we will still offer the service – but counsel against using it.