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A pilot implementation allows an organization to validate its approach for full application deployment. Executing an application pilot can uncover operability issues associated with production-like conditions and provide an opportunity to address these issues before full application roll out. To effectively prepare for a pilot implementation, an organization should develop a detailed pilot approach, identify appropriate participants, plan the pilot environment, and determine how to monitor the pilot. For additional information on preparing for a pilot implementation, refer to the Info-Tech Advisor research note, “Pilot Implementations: Preflight Prep.”
If an application release includes a pilot deployment, there are several areas that should be addressed to ensure successful execution. Follow Info-Tech's recommendations to effectively deploy a pilot implementation.