How can I claim that ERP implementations and ERP utilizations are just like Pokémon Go? Read on and all will be revealed. Ask any pre-teen and they will tell you (in a snarky tone) that Pokémon Go is a free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game developed by Niantic for Apple and Android devices. While ERP is rarely free to play (sigh), it too can be a location based, augmented reality game. ERP is also developed by thousands of software developers for use on multiple platforms. Additionally, ERP services, like Pokémon Go, attempt to capture, battle and train creatures. However, ERP uses much more pedestrian names for its elusive creatures. Names like “Business Intelligence or ‘BI’,” “Benefits Realization,” “Business Risk,” and the Pikachu of ERP: “Return on Investment.” ERP avatars tend to be very realistic. They are often called Super Users and End Users but are also called Employees. ERP avatars (e.g. employees) appear before computer monitors in the same real world location as the ERP, unless it is cloud based. But who really knows what the cloud is anyway? For the sake of this blog let’s just agree that it is another creature to capture, train and trout slap.
Just like Pokémon Go, ERP is more often than not released to mixed reviews with critics praising the ERP concept and the incentive to be more active in the real world. Just like Pokémon Go, ERP users criticize frequent technical issues that are apparent at launch, or what we call “go live.” Despite such reviews, ERP, like Pokémon Go, has become a global phenomenon. ERP has been credited with popularizing location-based and augmented reality gaming, called financial dashboards and predictive analysis as well as for promoting physical activity like shouting at the implementation team and throwing office supplies across the cubicle farm. To be fair, both ERPs and Pokémon Go are helping businesses grow. However, both also have attracted controversy for contributing to accidents and becoming a public nuisance at some locations–particularly outside the IT Manager’s office.
But let’s face it. Do you really want to play Pokémon Go with your government organization or non-profit? Let the professionals at Panorama Government Solutions walk with you down the path to not only find, but train those Pokémons to work for you. Panorama knows how to prevent the Pokémon’s from eluding you or heckling you. ERP is not a game or even a virtual reality to Panorama, but it is the key to increased efficiency, productivity and employee happiness, even if it does not have a cute online avatar, like your immediate supervisor.
Written by Rich Farrell, Senior Account Executive at Panorama Consulting Solutions.