ROI of ERP – Before Selecting a System

Part 2 of a 4 part series – Previously ‘Taking ownership of your ROI’

Selecting a ERP SystemIn the early 1980s “experts” on Japanese management were isolating distinctive practices that seemed to account for Japan’s remarkable economic success. The ‘Ringiseido’ decision-making practice was one of these. It offers an opportunity for equals to participate in the decisions that the executives will have to take. The purpose was to adhere to the Japanese cultural desire of harmony among people. Read more…

Taking ownership of your ROI

Form must follow functionIn a previous blog I referred to the unpredictability of measuring the ROI of your ERP investment. One key issue relating to this is the understanding of the core functions of your business now and in the future – before you consider an ERP system, take ownership of your Return on Investment (ROI). Read more…

How to Assess for ERP Competency

Assessing competencyIn one of a previous blog post, I mentioned that having an ERP certification does not necessarily mean that someone has the required experience or soft skills to be able to perform a job effectively. In addition, I mentioned that the purpose of the certification exam is most often to assess an individual’s ability to answer knowledge-based questions Read more…

Putting ERP in the palm of your hand

ERP in the palm of your handFifteen years ago, it would have been tough to believe a little device no bigger than your palm would have enough computer power to not only render high-definition videos, but also be able to secure sensitive data with the swipe of a finger and provide access to your corporate network. Read more…

15 Cost Items of ERP Projects you need to know

15 Cost Items of ERP ProjectsWhat do ERP project really cost? A well-known study in 2002 by the Meta Group (since acquired by Gartner) is probably now too old to be a really useful benchmark. A slightly later study, in 2007, by Aberdeen Group made the ‘remarkable’ finding that costs go up as the number of users go up. Read more…

Manufacturing market leaders in Canada

manufacturing innovation imageSYSPRO Canada has recently compiled a report covering manufacturing innovation in Atlantic Canada and in compiling this report I got to thinking about the relationships we have built over the years with our channel partners and our customers, and our continued success in retaining these customers. Read more…

Three tips to get the most from your ERP System

three-tips-to-get-most-from-ERP-imageAs an ERP professional, there are two questions that I am asked quite often by both prospective and current customers. I already addressed the first question, ‘How do I know my business needs ERP’, in an earlier blog and would like to focus on the second question, ‘How do I get the most out of my ERP system?’ Read more…

Theory of Constraints ensures a successful ERP selection and Implementation

ERP selection and ImplementatioIn the book Thinking About ERP, the authors suggest ERP is no longer a competitive advantage. It is now a competitive disadvantage not to have an ERP, or to select one that doesn’t operate efficiently and effectively. Read more…