The Art of Planning an LOS Implementation Budget
Pulling from our considerable experience with the unique aspects of implementing a mortgage loan origination system (LOS), CC Pace has recently published a new white paper on the topic, “The Art of Planning an LOS Implementation Budget.” The information covered in the white paper, while essentially specific to LOS implementations, is broadly applicable for any product implementation project.
Best practices indicate that thorough project planning is the most critical step for a successful system implementation, and we concur wholeheartedly. One of the key activities that should be performed during the planning phase is the development of a detailed implementation budget. The budget is particularly important when establishing expectations with Senior Management and gaining support for the effort. Too often, planners fail to consider the costs beyond those of the software, vendor configuration and any vendor-provided customizations when in fact the all-in cost of an implementation includes much more.
We hope that readers see the importance of taking a more comprehensive perspective when planning their next project and we welcome your feedback. What other line items do you include in your budget preparation process?