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Twenty questions for CFOs embarking on an ERP project

Posted on 29 July 2014 by Simon Griffiths

twenty_questions_cfo-1As the CFO of an organization, your responsibility is to ensure efficient and effective financial operations and records, and influence overall strategy. An ERP is the foundation of the operations of a business. For a CFO, it enables you to track and report on all business transactions, analyse information, ensure governance and compliance, and increasingly do this via mobile devices. Therefore, you need to be very sure your ERP project will deliver what the business requires, and also what was promised.

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Topics: Business software, training, ERP Implementation, Project governance, ERP selection

Five Requirements for ERP Implementation Success

Posted on 20 June 2014 by Odete Passingham

erp_implementation-1Like any major project, ERP implementations go best when planned in advance.

Larger companies can dedicate multiple senior executives as well as teams of junior stakeholders to an ERP project. Smaller companies, on the other hand, can’t dedicate the same number of people to a project, but they do not require the same detail when planning an ERP project.

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Topics: project scope, Change management, business process modeling, Project management, ERP Implementation, ERP projects, Project control

 

Tips for Consultants Going Down-Market: Details vs. Focus

Posted on 11 June 2014 by Odete Passingham

details-vs-focusOne thing that we are seeing a lot here in Canada is ERP consultants moving down-market and participating in smaller deals.

We think that it is great that smaller companies are getting expert advice on projects as important as ERP selection, but you can’t just take the process that works for big companies and drop it on small ones without substantial modification.

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Topics: Business software, ERP Implementation, ERP Consulting

The ERP Games

Posted on 3 June 2014 by Cathie Hall

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The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow are almost upon us, and most people in the UK are thinking back to the exciting summer of the London 2012 Olympic Games. There is certainly something that inspires us all when it comes to games and competition.

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Topics: Business software, Project management, ERP Implementation, Employee engagement, Gamification, employee motivation

The Scope of Change in ERP Projects: People, Technology, Business Processes

Posted on 29 May 2014 by Odete Passingham

Scope of ERP change

ERP projects can potentially touch every part of the business, and even the ones that are limited in scope have a dramatic effect and touch virtually every part of the business in some form.

When you are early in the planning stage, and when speaking with experienced sales representatives who have seen first-hand how dozens and hundreds of ERP implementations have transformed organizations on dramatically positive ways, you will be exposed to a variety of ideas on how to improve your business.

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Topics: Change management, Business software, ERP, ERP Implementation, Business Processes

15 Cost Items of ERP Projects you need to know

Posted on 31 March 2014 by Simon Griffiths

15 Cost Items of ERP Projects

What 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.

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Topics: Software implementation, Business software, Project planning, Project management, ERP Implementation, Project costs

The Long Game of ERP Projects

Posted on 4 February 2014 by Cathie Hall

The Long Game2013 ended in tragedy for a couple of my friends when their eldest son slipped away in his sleep. Tom’s condition of Athetoid Cerebral Palsy not only cut his life short, it also severely impacted his everyday activities, but that never stopped him taking enjoyment from life or being “a cheeky young blighter.”

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Topics: Software implementation, Change management, Business software, Project planning, Project management, ERP Implementation

Four tips for starting an ERP project

Posted on 27 January 2014 by Simon Griffiths

Starting-an-ERP-projectWe have previously discussed how an ERP system can help a business, and also provided some suggestions on how to select an ERP solution. But if you have read some of the stories about ERP project problems you might wonder if it is worth the risk. The answer to this is twofold.

  1. The reports on ERP project failure mainly refer to large organizations implementing fairly large projects, and are not representative of projects undertaken by small- and mid-size businesses.
  2. It’s how you approach the implementation that is a significant determinant of success or failure.
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Topics: Software implementation, Change management, Business software, business process modeling, Project planning, Project management, ERP Implementation, Business change

5 Tips for ERP Health

Posted on 4 September 2013 by Cathie Hall

Keeping ERP HealthySo your ERP project is live, the champagne is gone and the cake is well and truly eaten. Now what? How do you keep your ERP healthy? Implement these top 5 tips for post ERP Go Live Success.

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Topics: Business Strategy, application erosion, Software implementation, project ownership, Business software, ERP, Project management, ERP Implementation, IT alignment

Go Live

Posted on 2 July 2013 by Cathie Hall

go-liveFinally my project has ended! After 12 months of running, cross training and stretching in preparation for www.thewallrun.co.uk the weekend finally arrived. The Friday before the event was spent reviewing lists, checking equipment, packing bags, repacking bags, rechecking lists, and before I knew it, it was Saturday morning and the event was upon me.

In the 15 hours, 9 minutes it took me to traverse across Northern England, I had plenty of time to think about how this project has been so very similar to an ERP project and how the actual event was so very similar to a go live.

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Topics: Business Strategy, Software implementation, Project planning, Project management, ERP Implementation

 

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