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Five Ways to Keep Your ERP Project On-Schedule

A successful and on-time ERP project never happens by accident. Behind every successful public sector ERP implementation is a project manager who has taken the time to define project scope, assess resource commitment and set expectations and priorities. Although keeping a large-scale ERP project on-schedule is challenging for even the best project manager, we have several strategies […]

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When the CEO Says No to New ERP Software

You know that your organization’s business processes are inefficient, but your boss just said “no” to your plea for new ERP software.  What do you do? First, ask yourself, how did you propose the idea to your boss?  Was there a compelling vision for the system that is consistent with your organization’s vision? Did you […]

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Independence Day: Three Alternatives to ERP Systems

As those of us in the U.S. prepare for a long Independence Day weekend, it is a good time to reflect on the role of independence for those about to select and implement new ERP systems. Historically, ERP implementations were an all-or-nothing proposition: you would evaluate a few options, then purchase and implement a single […]

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Using ERP Technology to Increase Public Sector Innovation

Public sector technology has brought us to a unique time in history. Government organizations now have the opportunity to take advantage of cost-effective innovation that delivers a high return on citizenship (ROC). Due to the ongoing financial crisis and budget cuts, government CIO’s, IT managers and civil servants are looking for ways to save money […]

Posted: June 30, 2015 by
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The Importance of Conducting an ERP ROI Analysis

While organizations initiate ERP projects for a variety of reasons, a substantial return on investment (ROI) is a motivation for most, if not all, organizations. A business case outlining the costs, expected benefits and ROI of an ERP implementation is an integral part to initiating an ERP project. For many organizations, a business case is […]

Posted: June 29, 2015 by
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Navigating the Stages of Public Sector ERP Stress

With the anticipation of a complex project like an ERP implementation, it is vital to both understand and plan for the stages of stress that your organization and its employees will undergo. The three stages of ERP stress are not very different from the stages of stress in other areas of our lives. During a […]

Posted: June 26, 2015 by
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Convincing the C-Suite: New ERP Software Please!

You see the same problems day-in and day-out – duplication of tasks, process inefficiencies and lack of visibility into data. While it’s clear that your company needs a new ERP system, it can be challenging to convince senior management of this necessity. Obtaining executive buy-in for new ERP software is crucial to the project’s initiation […]

Posted: June 25, 2015 by
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ERP Best Practices: Focusing on Business Process Efficiency        

Most organizations implement new ERP systems largely because they want to improve the efficiency of their business processes. Broken processes, manual workarounds and outdated legacy systems all commonly contribute to this need to enhance current operational processes as part of an ERP implementation. The challenge is that most companies don’t realize meaningful business process improvements […]

Posted: June 24, 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: June 23, 2015 by
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What to Look for When Hiring a Consultant for the Public Sector

While many firms claim to be “ERP consultants,” claiming is not the same as actually being a competent and seasoned ERP consultant, particularly in the public sector. What is a government CIO or G6 to do when an ERP system is required? How do they find a consultant who will streamline their processes, provide sage advice and deliver a successful […]

Posted: June 22, 2015 by
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