Three Tough Questions to Ask Your ERP Vendor Before Go-Live

ERP implementations never go quite as you might expect. Not only do most of them take longer, cost more and fail to deliver business benefits when compared to expectations, but they can also create operational disruptions at go-live. According to our 2016 ERP Report, roughly half of all ERP implementations create some sort of material…

Five Similarities: ERP Success and a Wedding

Tis the season for weddings!  As I help friends with wedding preparations, I find that many of the concepts I have learned in the ERP world make for very applicable advice. Although ERP implementations and weddings appear to be two completely different matters, there are five major concepts that prove to be crucial to both.…

Question: Is a Best-of-Breed ERP System the Right Choice for Your Organization?

If you could combine all of your favorite dog breeds into one loveable canine, you’d have a mutt. If you combined your favorite modules from various ERP vendors, you’d create a lovable ERP system – better known as a best-of-breed ERP system within the software industry. Small- to mid-sized businesses looking for lower-cost ERP solutions,…

Three Ways to Recover From Your Failed ERP Implementation

Recovering from a failing project is an incredibly difficult process. It can require a change in project scope, a hard look at requirements, an introduction of new methodologies and clear project controls. In some extreme situations, the project team and consultants may need to be replaced.  After a sobering, no holds barred assessment; the following actions…

Three Tough Questions to Ask Your ERP Vendor Before Go-Live

ERP implementations never go quite as you might expect. Not only do most of them take longer, cost more and fail to deliver business benefits when compared to expectations, but they can also create operational disruptions at go-live. According to our 2015 ERP Report, roughly half of all ERP implementations create some sort of material…

Leadership Lessons from Successful Manufacturers

Manufacturers are critical to economic growth – even while commodity-based manufacturing is outsourced to other countries in exchange for the higher-value manufacturing currently experiencing a renaissance. Despite their importance, manufacturing companies aren’t created equally. Some are more profitable than others, some are more established while others are more innovative with higher growth prospects. In most…

How Innovative is Your ERP Consultant?

Innovation is a hot buzzword in the public sector. As described by Rasmus Hansen and Jens Skibsted, “The new breed of innovation professionals can be placed in two categories: innovation custodians and innovation word-slingers. The custodians are middle managers assigned to oversee the innovators and their processes. The word-slingers are external consultants that will take corporate…