The Consultants’ Corner

Three Ways ERP Selection is Just Like College Football Playoff Selection: Thoughts From an ERP Consultant and Alabama Alum

Every year in college football the CFP committee’s main job is to unanimously select the four best teams to compete in the playoffs and bowl games. The committee is comprised of 13 members with backgrounds as diverse as anything from athletic directors to journalists. This committee then identifies small groups of teams to then evaluate […]

Defining Goals and Objectives for Your Government Agency

All types of organizations, from commercial to government, can benefit from an ERP implementation. Efficiency gains and increased data visibility are two outcomes of a successful ERP implementation that are not relegated to any particular type of organization. To achieve these outcomes, both private and public sector organizations should define goals and objectives during the […]

Beyond Go-Live: Setting Goals That Matter

For a company in the midst of an ERP implementation, a go-live date becomes the holy grail of project milestones. The culmination of months of preparation, go-live represents the end of an arduous struggle towards improved processes and systems as well as the attainment of a well-deserved respite . . . or so many believe. […]

How Lean is Your Six Sigma?

Lean Six Sigma is a phrase that encompasses lean manufacturing and six sigma process improvements into one overall management strategy. In order to understand how your company should embrace these principles, you must first understand the components of Lean Six Sigma and business process reengineering, particularly in the context of an ERP implementation. Efficiency and […]

Lessons Learned From an Oil and Gas ERP Implementation

Recently, I was fortunate enough to participate in an ERP implementation for a publicly-owned oil and gas organization. Based on my observations during this project I identified four keys to ERP success in the oil and gas space that are applicable across various industries. 1. Relationships. A successful client-consultant relationship begins with organizational change management. Communication is the […]

The Importance of IT Strategy

Dependent upon the size and growth of an organization, opinions on the importance of IT strategy can vary. A current audit of your organization’s infrastructure, staff and budget can give you a baseline to benchmark against during organizational and IT changes. Gathering quantitative and qualitative data regarding IT can be overwhelming if it is done […]