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ROI of ERP – Part 4 of a 4 Part Series

Posted on 6 May 2014 by Louise Thompson

Managing the Change

Managing the Change

Generally the only person who enjoys a change is a wet baby. Most others want things to remain the same, but get better.

Ask the CIO what was the hardest part of implementing the ERP solution, and the response will in all likelihood be “Getting users to commit.”

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Topics: return on investment, Business Strategy, Software implementation, Change management, Business software, Project planning, ERP, Project management

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

Three tips to get the most from your ERP System

Posted on 12 March 2014 by Erin Schlee

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As 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?’ Simply put, there are several ways to optimize your ERP solution, but these three tips can help improve the entire process:

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Topics: Business Strategy, Software implementation, Education and Training, Change management, Business software, training, ERP, education, Vendor selection

Preparing for change

Posted on 13 February 2014 by Darren Edwards

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Since December 2013 a record breaking 200% increase in rainfall in southern areas of the UK has brought about widespread flooding. Low lying areas close to rivers have seen the worst impact, and this has been compounded by increased rainfall on already sodden ground. With temperatures now dropping below freezing (it’s the UK winter months), there is the additional danger of ice, making deadly those areas already flooded.

Seeing the news reports of flooded property and ruined farmland saddens me, but it also reminds me of similar incidents the year before... and I ask myself the question: “why don't people learn from past flooding events, and why are people not more prepared?”

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

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

The easy way out

Posted on 14 November 2013 by Cathie Hall

The easy way outHuman beings are strange creatures in many ways. One of the habits we all have is a tendency to avoid doing a difficult job today in favor of a quicker workaround, despite the fact we know in the long run we would be better off implementing the proper solution at the start. It frustrates me that even though I am hyper aware of this tendency, I still fall victim to it. My Microsoft Word template isn’t set up quite right so I have to change the theme each time I want to use it, my front door sticks and I know I need to replace it, but a quick shove of the shoulder will do.

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Topics: SYSPRO, Software implementation, Business improvement, process improvement, Business software, ERP, SYSPRO Inventory Optimization, SYSPRO workflow

Measuring the ROI of your ERP

Posted on 3 October 2013 by Louise Thompson

ERP ROI measurementWe are regularly asked to provide a tool to demonstrate ROI (Return on Investment) on the purchase and implementation of an ERP system. Personally I don’t believe in today’s uncertain, unpredictable, fast moving world there is value in such a tool.

Remember a number of years back when you were sold insurance and investment policies – the salesperson would reveal graphs on the 5, 10, 15, 20 year predictions of how your investment would perform. You also had the choice of high, medium and low risk and each of these had different graph predictions. All of which was both mind-boggling and very convincing. I have to ask you – how have those investments actually performed against the Sales graphs? None of them factored in Enron and the economic crash we are recovering from, not to mention over $100 per barrel oil price and other hits that the economy has had to bear.

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Topics: return on investment, projects, Software implementation, Business software, ERP, software

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