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Five Similarities Between ERP Success and a Wedding

Tis the season for weddings!  The beautiful weather makes spring a great time for couples planning and hosting 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 […]

Posted: March 27, 2015 by
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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 […]

Posted: March 26, 2015 by
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Leadership Communication: What to Say and How to Say It

All business transformations require effective leadership buy-in and communication. The executive and management teams sponsoring a major change in an organization are tasked with an important mission: what to communicate to employees and how to say it. Any major business change – such as an ERP implementation or business process reengineering initiative – can result […]

Posted: March 25, 2015 by
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Tuesday Poll: ERP Benefits Realization

According to our 2014 ERP Report, only 80% of organizations realized some business benefits after ERP go-live. Of those organizations, 66% realized less than half of their expected benefits. What percentage of expected business benefits has your organization realized? Take a moment to vote in our poll and then check back to review the overall results.

Posted: March 24, 2015 by
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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 […]

Posted: March 24, 2015 by
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Debunking the Seven Myths of Business Process Reengineering

Through the treacherous years of manual processes, outdated legacy systems, inaccurate performance data and internal operational breakdowns, most organizations are ready for a heavy dose of business process reengineering (BPR). While this is mostly good news; there is a catch. As unfortunate as it may be, everyone has differing opinions of what business process reengineering […]

Posted: March 18, 2015 by
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Four Key Areas of Business Process Management

Industry leaders don’t achieve or keep their positions merely through clever strategies or financial engineering; they do so through superior execution of exceptional processes. Industry leaders use business process management (BPM) to deliver rapid and sustainable business value to their operations. BPM is the understanding, visibility and continuous performance improvement of an organization’s business processes, […]

Posted: March 16, 2015 by
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Four Tips for ERP Success That I Learned From My Cat

I recently took a trip home to visit my cat and my family, but mainly my cat. My cat, Ketzel, demonstrates all of the stereotypical cat behaviors: the ability to sleep 27 hours a day, a strange obsession with toilet paper rolls and the uncanny talent to completely disregard your existence. Although cats are not […]

Posted: March 13, 2015 by
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The Importance of Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V)

With the increased use of independent verification and validation (IV&V) in large ERP projects, there seems to be some common misconceptions about the real value that IV&V is meant to bring to public sector ERP implementations. IV&V is considered a “best practice” within the technology industry. The primary value of IV&V in the public sector […]

Posted: March 12, 2015 by
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People First, Technology Second

Never equate activity with efficiency. Organizations have a long standing history of putting a high level of emphasis on the software being implemented and ignoring the people side of the implementation. In other words, organization’s consistently value technology first and people second. As we know, ERP systems are complex and ever-evolving. New features and functions […]

Posted: March 11, 2015 by
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