ERP Podcasts

Panorama’s podcasts include a range of recordings that include interviews with our ERP consultants and clients, educational podcasts, and recordings from our educational webinars. Podcast topics include ERP selection, ERP implementation, organizational change management, and reviews of our industry research and reports.

Panorama’s Clash of the Titans 2014
Released November 19, 2013

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Panorama’s recently released report, Clash of the Titans 2014, compares SAP, Oracle and Microsoft Dynamics in terms of market share, selection rates, implementation durations and costs, operational disruption rates and lengths, specific benefits realized and time to project payback. Join January Paulk, senior manager at Panorama, and Chris Devault, manager of vendor relations, for a discussion of the findings and how they  might influence your organization’s ERP selection process.

Panorama’s Organizational Change and Business Process Management Report
Released August 8, 2013

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Panorama’s recently released independent analysis, The 2013 ERP Report: Organizational Change and Business Process Management, examines the roles that process improvement and change management play in ERP implementations around the world. Join January Paulk, senior manager at Panorama, for a discussion of the findings and the impact they might have on your organization’s drive for ERP success.

Organizational Change Management Tips for ERP Success
Released May 14, 2013

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We’ve said it until we’re blue in the face: ERP success hinges on an organization’s willingness to inform, support and educate its workforce throughout the transition. Organizational change management isn’t just a buzzy phrase: it really does differentiate successful implementations from ERP failures. Join Rick Platz, one of Panorama’s senior ERP consultants focused on the organizational change and business process management practices, for a quick overview of organizational change management tips for ERP success.

Lessons Learned From ERP Lawsuits
Released April 11, 2013

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From breach of contract to fraud and misrepresentation to operational delays and disasters, ERP lawsuits often involve serious claims against the ERP vendor, value-added reseller, consultant or even the implementing organization itself. Due to Panorama’s ERP expert witness testimony and analysis service offering, we have a unique viewpoint into the reasons behind these lawsuits — and plenty of advice about how to avoid walking the same path. Join our managing partner, Eric Kimberling, for this insightful podcast about lessons learned from ERP lawsuits, including the common missteps businesses make during implementation that can lead to failure.

Notable Findings From Panorama’s 2013 ERP Report
Released March 26, 2013

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Panorama’s 2013 ERP Report is an independent analysis of ERP market data and trends culled its ongoing benchmark survey of recent enterprise software selection, implementation and benefits realization projects. Among the discussion points covered in this podcast are an organization’s likelihood to exceed cost and timeline expectations, the true measure of “ERP success” and recommendations on how to achieve enhanced business benefits from an ERP implementation. Join Eric Kimberling, Panorama’s managing partner, for this succinct summation of Panorama’s recent ERP market data to help benchmark your own selection and implementation project.

The Effects of Executive Alignment on an ERP Implementation
Released January 14, 2013

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It’s no secret that leadership, goal-setting and commitment from the executive team is a top ERP critical success factor. But executives make missteps too and their action (or inaction) can have profound effects on ERP implementations. Download our latest podcast to hear Bree Neely, Panorama’s organizational change management practice leader, discuss the important role executive alignment plays in an ERP implementation.

Top Ten Predictions for the ERP Industry in 2013
Released December 27, 2012

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Since the inception of Panorama Consulting, independent ERP expert and thought leader Eric Kimberling has provided yearly predictions for the ERP industry considered by many to be the most prescient in the game. Join him for this discussion of the top trends and “game changers” sure to affect the enterprise software market in the year to come . . . and beyond.

The Importance of Business Process Management
Released November 13, 2012

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Business process management is an ERP critical success factor. Before implementation even begins, an organization should evaluate, improve and align business processes to its overall goals and strategy. Join January Paulk, manager of business process management at Panorama, in a discussion of the role of business process reengineering, management and improvement in an ERP implementation.

ERP Failure and Recovery
Released October 30, 2012

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ERP failures are a risk every organization must plan for prior to, during and following an ERP implementation. From massive disruptions across the supply chain to smaller, but perhaps no less devastating, instances of misuse, misalignment or distrust, ERP failures can wreak havoc. Join Brevard Neely, senior manager at Panorama, in a discussion of projects gone wrong, strategies for recovery and the importance of using proven methodologies to ensure ERP success from the get-go.

The Importance of Organizational Change Management
Released October 1, 2012

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Although most organizations understand the importance of organizational change management, it is still all too often minimized or even cut completely out of project scope. Join Eric Kimberling in this discussion about the importance of organizational change management in ERP implementations and discover how an effective change management strategy can increase the return on an organization’s ERP investment.

Clash of the Titans 2012
Released August 30, 2012

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Join Eric Kimberling for a quick overview of the ERP industry findings presented in Clash of the Titans 2012: An Independent Comparison of SAP, Oracle and Microsoft Dynamics. The podcast gives actual results of recent SAP, Oracle and Microsoft Dynamics implementations. Data topics include ERP implementation durations, payback periods and business risks as well as overall enterprise software selection and implementation trends.

Working With ERP Consultants
Released July 23, 2012

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ERP consultants can make the difference between ERP success and ERP failure. Consultants bring to bear competencies in enterprise software selection, configuration and installation — not to mention all the training, process reengineering and other change management activities so critical to the project’s health. Listen to Panorama Managing Partner Eric Kimberling’s brief overview of working with ERP consultants, including what to look for when hiring a consultant, the specific value that they can and should bring to an implementation and the risks of choosing the wrong ERP partner.

A High-Level Lowdown on Cloud ERP
Released June 6, 2012

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A lot has been said and written about the emergence of cloud ERP in the enterprise solutions marketplace, but no one breaks down the pros and cons of this exciting new technology like independent ERP software expert Eric Kimberling. This brief podcast provides a concise overview of cloud ERP software offerings, cost structures, benefits, drawbacks and points of parity with traditional on-premise ERP solutions.

Review of Panorama Consulting’s 2012 ERP Report
Released May 7, 2012

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Join Eric Kimberling for an in-depth discussion about the research and analysis presented in Panorama’s 2012 ERP Report. Data includes findings about ERP implementation budgets, timelines, deployment strategies, and business benefits received and was collected from companies who have implemented ERP software in the past year. Kimberling also compares 2012 findings to past ERP Report responses in order to identify noteworthy trends.

The Importance of Business Process Management in ERP Implementations
Released April 18, 2012

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Panorama returns to its popular podcast series with The Importance of Business Process Management, a Q&A with Eric Kimberling about the need for companies to streamline and improve business processes prior to and/or during an ERP implementation. Topics discussed include the usefulness of industry “best practices” included with the ERP software, who within the company should be tasked with the business process restructuring, and the overall impact of process changes on an organization.

Lessons Learned from Best-In-Class ERP Implementations Q & A Session
Released September 8, 2010

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This interview was taken from the Q&A session from Panorama’s recent webinar: Lessons Learned from Best-In-Class ERP Implementations. The podcast features Eric Kimberling, Managing Partner of Panorama Consulting and Nick Macera, Panorama’s former Director of Implementation. The Q&A session brought up several key factors to take into consideration with respect to achieving a successful ERP implementation, and Eric and Nick offer some valuable advise regardless of what phase your are in with your ERP project.

Dangers, Pitfalls, and Warning Signs of ERP Implementation Failure and an Interview with Stan Alpert (Part Two)
Released June 28, 2010

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In this session, Eric Kimberling elaborates on the pain points that contribute to the failure of an ERP implementation and how these pain points relate to project cost, duration and business benefits. Rounding out the session are Eric’s recommendations to avoid such a failure. In Part Two of the podcast, we pick up where we left off in our interview with Stan Alpert. Stan was the IT Manager with a mid-size manufacturing and distribution company who worked with Panorama during that company’s ERP software selection project. Stan discusses the process they followed in their selection project and how Panorama contributed to their successful selection and evaluation process and in negotiations with the selected vendor.

July 4th Edition: Eric Kimberling Talks Independence and an Interview with Stan Alpert (Part One)
Released June 25, 2010

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For this Independence Day interview, Eric Kimberling discusses how independence relates to the ERP software industry, why it is so important to select an independent ERP consulting firm for your ERP selection and implementation project, and how you can tell if a consulting firm is truly independent. In Part Two of today’s podcast, we will introduce Stan Alpert who will share his experience in working with Panorama as a client on a selection project for a mid-size manufacturing and distribution company. Stan’s career in manufacturing and information technology spans over 30 years, and he offers invaluable insight into the world of ERP.

An Interview with Stan Alpert Discussing Software Selection
Released June 21, 2010

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This podcast features Stan Alpert whose career spans more than 30 years with a mid-sized global manufacturer of pressure and temperature instruments. Stan held various management roles within the company in the areas of materials and operations, and he rounded out his career as IT Manager. This Q&A reveals his company’s approach to embarking on their ERP selection project and how this led to contacting Panorama Consulting to assist them with vendor selection and negotiations. Stan offers some great advice to companies that are looking to begin an ERP project and shares insightful information about necessary steps to take in finding the right ERP solution to support current and future business requirements as well as obtaining end user acceptance of the new system.

SAP vs. Oracle: Class of the Titans and a Q&A Session with Cliff Simms
Released May 20, 2010

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Eric Kimberling talks about the main differences between SAP and Oracle in regard to their product offerings and features. He provides historical background on these two companies and how they’ve strategized to grow their respective businesses. In addition to outlining their strengths and weaknesses, Eric will share some advice on choosing between these two Tier I ERP systems. In the second half of the podcast Cliff Simms answers questions about the relationship between OCM and an ERP training team as well as the degree of OCM requirements between SAP and Oracle vs. those of Tier II or Tier III solutions. Cliff elaborates on the importance of OCM and its positive impact on companies going through an ERP implementation.

Getting Started on an ERP Software Selection Project
Released March 22, 2010

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Part One of this podcast features an interview with Pete Faustino, Information Director for a mid-sized chemical manufacturing company. Pete will share his company’s experiences during their ERP selection project including the evaluation and negotiation processes. Pete has some valuable advise for any company considering an ERP implementation project. Natalie Gray, former Director of Software Selection for Panorama Consulting, is featured in Part Two of this podcast. Natalie outlines how to prepare for a software selection project; i.e., defining scope, organizing your project team, working with software vendors, and other key considerations to ensure your company selects the right software for your business requirements.

Two Part Interview With John Gibson on His ERP Implementation
Released February 26, 2010

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This podcast features an interview with John Gibson, president of a mid-sized company that recently implemented an ERP solution to help the company scale for growth and save money in the long term. In this interview, John talks about the steps his company took to move up from a legacy software system to an efficient ERP solution. He walks us through the processes of software selection and vendor negotiation, as well as key considerations that companies should keep in mind when embarking on an ERP implementation project. In addition, John also shares tips and lessons learned from effectively implementing the new ERP system in his organization.

Challenges of Gaining End-user Satisfaction with ERP System Implementations
Released February 26, 2010

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In response to findings in Panorama’s 2010 ERP Report indicating relatively low satisfaction ratings by end users as well as company executives regarding ERP software implementations, this podcast reveals some important considerations companies should be aware of in order to optimize satisfaction levels. The second half of this podcast is a continuation of an interview with John Gibson, President of a mid-sized Colorado company, who highlights lessons learned from his company’s successful ERP implementation.

2010 ERP Report & Lessons Learned from a Successful ERP Implementation
Released February 8, 2010

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Part One of this podcast features an overview by Eric Kimberling of Panorama’s 2010 ERP Report, which was published in early February. The interview focuses on key findings of the study, which covers trends in ERP implementation time frames and budgets, benefits realization, software as a service vs. on-premise ERP, and organizational change management. Part two of the podcast highlights an interview with John Gibson, President of a mid-size company in Denver, Colorado. John discusses the steps his company took to move up from a legacy software system to an efficient ERP solution and walks us through the processes of software selection and vendor negotiation, as well as key considerations that companies should keep in mind when embarking on an ERP implementation project.

A Look Back at 2009 and a Sneak Peak at Panorama Consulting’s 2010 ERP Report
Released January 26, 2010

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This podcast provides an overview of ERP trends that developed in 2009 as businesses adjusted their ERP programs to the current economic climate. The interview also includes some insight into the impact these trends have had on the software industry. The second half of the interview provides a preview of the results of the 2010 ERP Report to be published in early February.

ERP Software Selection and Training
Released January 8, 2010

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This 20-minute podcast features an interview with Natalie Gray, Panorama’s former Director of Software Selection, and covers the most important areas of consideration in ERP software selection including exploring your business critical requirements, future growth plans of the vendor, core training documentation, and gauging the importance of software integration.

The podcast also features an interview with Eric Kimberling, Managing Partner of Panorama Consulting, where he provides valuable insights into a successful approach for employee training including an emphasis on customizing training to a company’s specific business processes, targeting training with the end-user in mind, initiating refresher training as needed, and customizing training documentation.